replant japanese aucuba

mike_lindstromFebruary 13, 2007


I have some Japanese Aucuba that I need to move since they are outgrowing the space - they are along a wall and are way to big for the 2ft beds (they are close to 6ft tall).

I'm not very experienced in moving plants - do anyone have any tips on how to successfully move them? Spring is not here yet, so I would think this time of year would be good.



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geoforce(z7a SE PA)

Just cut them back to the size you want. Aucuba responds well to pruning and can be controlled easily.

If you want more, the cuttings root easily also.


    Bookmark   February 14, 2007 at 9:43AM
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I have moved some that large in the past, but can't remember the season that they were moved. If you decide to move them, take off about one-third of the foliage prior to the move and dig as large a rootball as you can handle. Water in well afterwards and they probably won't even know they had been moved. I have a row of them beside a garden path and have to remove a large amount of foliage each year, that intrudes into the path. They recover quite rapidly. In addition to rooting the cuttings, they produce fruit (mine are loaded now) which can be sown to produce new plants.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2007 at 2:17AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's not advised, any longer, that the top be removed to compensate for root loss during transplanting. Recovery (which means the regrowth of lost roots) is nearly entirely fueled by the energy resources manufactured in the leaves.

Pruning not only decreases the photosynthesizing surfaces (thus, less energy), but forces the plant to give up other energy resources (stored) so that it can grow new leaves to replace those that have been removed!

That makes pruning at this time a double whammy. A bad double whammy.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 12:02PM
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On your zone I would move the plants in the fall. They will have the mild winter to recover and establish themselves before the summer heat comes along. However, check with an extension agent in your area to make sure.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2007 at 12:44PM
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