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Apr 24, 2017 9:22 AM CST
I tried to transplant 2 shrubs from a shady area to the area, the route balls fell apart, the roots looked healthy and i still used them, any chance they'll make it? I did put some planting soil in with the stems and have been watering to keep it moist. Thank you. Also, is there anything that will grow in a shaded area?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 24, 2017 9:34 AM CST
Bare rooting transplants isn't necessarily a death sentence. First, we need to know a few things: What kind of shrubs are these? Did you make sure the soil in your new planting hole was moist? What time of year did you transplant the bushes? What were the temperatures? Where the plants still dormant? Where are these plants located?

There are lots of things that grow in the shade. Can you fill in your personal data with a location?
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Name: Elaine
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Apr 24, 2017 9:34 AM CST
Hi and welcome! We really need to know where in the world your garden is, in order to help you or recommend plants. Please fill in your profile with your location, city/state/country not just a zone.

Also, a picture of the shady area you want to plant will be very helpful. There sure are lots of beautiful plants and shrubs that love to grow in the shade. If the shade is from a larger tree though, you might be dealing with the root system of the shade tree. Still some things will grow in there, with some help at the beginning.

The transplanted shrubs should make it, but you will need to keep them well watered, and if you can shade them until they start putting up new growth, that will help them adjust to the new area, too. Gradually accustom them to the higher light. Just plunking a plant out into full sunshine can be very hard for a transplant to take. Pictures of those plants in their new spot might help us to suggest some helpful hints, too. Like, if you did lose some of the roots in the transplanting process, it might be a good idea to prune back the tops of the plant, too. But don't do it until you give us a picture!

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