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May 25, 2017 9:41 AM CST
We are moving and want to take our beautiful huge gardenia bushes . its May , but our climate is cooler, but our plant is budding. will it die if we take it ?
Name: greene
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May 25, 2017 11:23 AM CST
You have a 50-50 chance that it will survive. Depends on how large it is; smaller would be more likely to survive. Huge, not so good.

To keep the plant for sentimental reasons, you could take lots of cuttings. Not every cutting will successfully take root, so take a lot of cuttings. Prepare the cuttings, dip in rooting hormone (optional), place into a container of damp vermiculite. Do not allow the vermiculite to dry. You can add a plastic bag to serve as a humidity tent. After the cuttings have rooted, pot them up and nurture them until they are large enough to set outside in the ground.

My neighbor has a huge gardenia and whenever he prunes the shrub I gather as many fresh cuttings as possible and try to root them.

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Name: Elaine
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May 25, 2017 1:33 PM CST
I agree This is probably the worst time of year to be trying to transplant a huge shrub - maximum growth and blooming right now, and also going into the hottest time of year. It's really going to stress the plant. Too bad you didn't think about pruning them a couple of months ago and starting the root-pruning process, as well. Less top growth and less root trauma would have helped the chances of a successful move a lot.

I'd go with greene's suggestion and just take some cuttings.

Or, you could ask the new owner if you can come back in the fall or winter to fetch the plants when they are dormant.

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