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dwinstead32
Nov 13, 2016 3:03 PM CST
4 weeks ago i moved my 3 bottle brush shrubs and now they look like they are dead. i has some help with them because they were big. i had them for 5 yrs , but we moved next door and i wanted to bring with over here. well my niece and nephew must have cut up the roots really bad because i read that you arent supposed to do that, i need to know do i need to dig up and plant some new ones or give them some time. i cut a branch off but it brown not green. what to do????? PLEASE HELP

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 13, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Welcome!

Full grown plants don't transplant well. If you can snap a branch off or if there is no green under the top layer, they are dead.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 15, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Depending how much roots they got.
Little roots aint gonna support all that top. Your chance it to cut back to green wood.
Maybe to allmost stump 😬 !!!
keep em watered well. And maybe they'll make it.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 15, 2016 2:39 PM CST
I should rephrase that. Full grown Bottlebrush do not transplant well. The chances of your Bottlebrushes surviving are pretty slim.
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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 15, 2016 6:26 PM CST
From the NGA Learning Library:
http://garden.org/nga/searchqa...

Since it is too late to explain to you how or when or even if to transplant a bottlebrush shrub, the best advice seems to be what Philip said, prune it back severely and keep it watered for a while and hope for it to make a comeback. Crossing Fingers!
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