Can I transplant my rhodie April Rose now?

hammonds_ns(6)April 26, 2009

Hi, I have two April Roses that were purchased last year and initially planted at the back of the house in a wooded area while we established beds in the front of the home, etc. (new construction home). They have done well and survived their first winter and now I would like to move them to the front of the house in a bed with others. It has started budding and so I am wondering if now is a good time to transplant now that it has started budding and I assume working on flowering, or should I wait?

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I would wait for a selfish reason (I would like to see the flowers) and for a practical reason (I would like to double make sure that the danger of late frosts has passed). Even though our avge last frost date is in March-ish, we recently got a scare when temps were forecast to reach freezing a week ago.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 9:46AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

They can be moved now. The only thing that might affect the plants is a different exposure. Coming from the woods to a bright spot in the front yard may burn the leaves a bit. Being near Halifax though, you don't have the strong sun Luis experiences in Fort Worth, Texas. Moving them will not affect the flowers, nor will a freeze unless they are open.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 1:01PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

You can safely move them any time they are not in active growth or the ground is not frozen. The period of active growth is immediately after bloom when the leaf buds are opening.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 2:01PM
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