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Apr 22, 2017 2:46 PM CST
I have to transplant 4 2 ft plants. They are flowering and it's April, I'm in zone 5. Is there something I can do to help them survive?
Name: Elaine
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Apr 22, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Plant in the late afternoon or evening, preferably. Have the new holes ready to put them in before you dig them up.

Moisten them before you dig them up, and then make the transfer as quickly as possible. Move as big a root ball with each plant as you can. Keep the soil around the roots and disturb the roots as little as possible.

After you have them planted in the new spot, I'd try to shade them for a week or two, and gradually get them accustomed to the full sunlight again. Keep them well watered until you see them putting on new growth. As careful as you will be, you can probably expect to lose a lot of the flowers/fruit for this year but they will most likely survive.

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Name: Sandy B.
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Apr 22, 2017 4:11 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Ohred1 .

I agree with everything Elaine said; it will probably set them back a bit, but I think they will do fine. A couple of years ago some blueberry plants that I had put in the previous summer woke up in the spring with bright yellow leaves ... Blinking . I dug them out and worked on amending the soil to make it more acid, but then about a month later decided to move them again, into large pots, where I hopefully will be able to control the conditions a bit better. They didn't do a whole lot in terms of fruiting last summer, but they did at least have green leaves -- and they're looking good right now (although they haven't leaved out yet up here) so I'm optimistic for this summer Crossing Fingers!
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