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Pender Harbour B.C. Canada
Sluglady
Nov 8, 2017 12:08 PM CST
A friend has offered me several large Rhodos.
All I have to do are dig them up & move them.
They are about 7 feet high and approximately 6 feet wide... this is an educated guess.
They are situated in an industrial park facing east in Vancouver b.c.
If I prepare the bed before I remove them & cover with a tarp ( they have to be moved about 30 miles)
Is it feasible to move them in November & is there
More that I should be thinking about ?
I'm looking at placing them on a hill facing west along the b.c. Coast.

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 9, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Just , LOVE Lovey dubby your user name. Sluglady nodding Rolling on the floor laughing Good answer, good answer !
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OK ! Whew !
Nov. Would be great timr to move them.
Quite an undertaking your taking on.

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 9, 2017 4:50 PM CST
I am in the Pacific NW as well. I would move it now and it sounds like your ideas are good. Mulch it in good and keep it watered if we have another dry winter. My neighbor relocated a couple mature rhodies, and they were set back the first year or so but are now looking pretty healthy. She is not a gardener, so the shrubs didn't get any special treatment that I could tell. I can't remember when she did the move, although I do remember thinking she would lose them both, so likely either spring or summer. In her case, it was a short move from one spot near her house to a bit further away. She used a mini-excavator to dig the new holes and to dig out the shrubs. Good luck, what a lovely bonus.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Nov 9, 2017 5:00 PM CST
I totally agree you can move them now in our Rhodie-Heaven climate! I would also add, rhodies seem pretty prunable, and 7x6 feet is quite huge to go 30 miles. I would likely take my loppers to them before loading onto truck. They should recover in a year or so.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Nov 9, 2017 5:12 PM CST
My cousin (who deals in Japanese maples), takes a lot of twine and ties the branches fairly tight together and advises not going over about 35 mph during the transport. We did not pay attention to this last spring for a leafed out tree and it took a pretty hard beating from truck wind. I am optimistic it will recover this coming spring. If you cover the foliage with a tied down sheet, that would help protect and also force you to drive slower to keep the sheet from blowing away.

I agree with Pistil to prune it before your move - you will lose most of the bloom this spring, but that extra plant energy will go into the root system. Sounds like a lovely project - instant gratification!
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