Moving Large/Old Camellias
I have two Camellias, planted side by side to form one large bush. I would guess they are about 20+ years old - maybe almost 30 years - and are about 10' tall.
I am putting on an addition and these Camellias need to be moved. I know they are shallow rooted much like Rhods.
It's high 70's or more each day here and there is no indication of that changing any time soon while the moving has to happen pronto.
I have a location I could move them to. I'd like to trim them down but wonder if this is the best time to do so?? Should I trim before moving or after?
How deep a hole should I prep for them and what would you suggest for the infill soil?
Alternatively could I burlap the root ball and keep it well soaked for 3-4 weeks? Perhaps I could then plant them around the new foundation area?
They are presently planted in a well protected NE corner. The 'new location(s)' would not be as well protected though still reasonably so. Should this be a concern to me?
Please share your thoughts/knowledge with me as I really hate to lose old and resilient plants.
Thanks so much,