Transplanting quercifolia

abrodie(z6 ON)August 17, 2010

Hi, I am moving in a month and there are about 6 things I plan to bring with me. I can replant the same day. I have an oakleaf hydrangea, 4-5 years old. Used to be "pruned" by rabbits every year, but I protected it with chicken wire for a few years and it's now 3 1/2 feet tall. It's the loveliest thing in the garden in the autumn.

What are the survival odds if I dig it up with a huge rootball and mind it carefully til winter?

Ann

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I am going to have to travel to Las Vegas to fugure out the odds :o)

but, if you can get as big a rootball as is practical and provide it with TLC, you should be good to go. I had to dig out and plant back two hydrangeas temporarily and they managed to survide the house repairs. I got the rootball wet before starting, tried to maintain the root ball and soil intact (as much as was practical), covered the soil/roots with Icantrememberthename, place it in the shade (in an area with little wind exposure and applied root stimulator when planting back. Checked the moisture for a while using the finger method and yes, I still had some die back but that was two years ago and they are doing fine now. Note: I had to get help moving them because they were HEAVY when wet.

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