Trees and Shrubs forum: Can I move a shrub to a better place? Weigela and Spirea

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caitlinsgarden
Jul 13, 2015 6:36 AM CST
Weigela and Spirea are hidden in my garden by taller plants. Can I move them? Or would it be better to layer branches and transplant those?
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 13, 2015 12:01 PM CST
My mom dug up a large spirea last year and cut it up into smaller sections with each section having some root. I took a section and it bloomed beautifully this year. I believe it is Bridal Wreath Spirea, but really am not sure.

I have weigela also, but have never tried to dig them up.
Vickie
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jul 13, 2015 5:45 PM CST
I wouldn't dig them up until late summer/early fall when the weather is cooler. If you have enough space around them to dig and they're not huge, old plants then I would move them. You could always get some insurance by taking cuttings (Weigela are easy to root) or layering before you dig them up.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

caitlinsgarden
Jul 15, 2015 6:32 AM CST
If I layered them now, do you think I would have a new start by spring? How long doe it take to grow?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jul 15, 2015 7:57 AM CST
I've only done layering "accidentally". Basically, it's weighting a branch down to ground contact with a rock or landscape pins. Not sure how long the process takes for rooting. I'm sure there are folks who know a lot more than me about it. Cuttings and layering will produce much smaller plants that will take a few years to catch up to the parent plant.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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