TRANSPLANTING - Knowledgebase Question

monroe, Ne
Question by richiecarol
May 23, 2010
WE HAVE SEVERAL RHODODENDRUMS THAT WERE PLANTED BACKWARDS. THEY WERE PLANTED AT LEAST 5-6 YEARS AGO. CAN I DIG THEM UP TO TURN THEM AROUND. AND ANY SPECIAL TIPS. THANKS


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Answer from NGA
May 23, 2010

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You can always dig and transplant shrubs but I guess my question to you is - why do you think they are planted backwards? If they are flowering on one side but not the other, exposure to sunlight/shade is probably the cause. Turning them around won't improve the situation - they will always bloom on the sunnier side. If they are lopsided (full on one side and sparse on the other), you can prune them to even out the growth. If you decide to dig and turn them around, expect the roots to be in the top 12-18 inches of soil and extend out a little further than the ends of the branches (dripline). Start your digging at the drip line and move towards the center of the plant. Try not to sever too many of the roots. Early spring or early fall are the best times to transplant. Best wishes with your rhodies.

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