Transplanting 45 year old Camellia
Hi! I am new to this forum and am not a gardener, however I love camellias and have an opportunity to acquire four very old plants.
These camellias are about 45 years old and quite large (12+ feet tall) and pruned like small trees. I think they are Japonicas. I live in the Seattle area and the plants must be moved by October. A landscaper I was referred to tells me he has successfully transplanted camellias this large twice, but can't guarantee all the plants will survive. He says that he will dig the trees up by hand and will be very careful but I'm wondering if there are things I should do to the plants now. Should they be pruned? Roots cut back?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. These trees are going to be very expensive to move and I really want them to live!