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gardenia transplanting

Posted by joebob 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 24, 08 at 14:54

Hey all----I have one question for all to ponder and will take any advise offered ---I want to move a gardenia that has gotten out of control ---I do trim it once a year but it is still about 5ft tall and needs to find a new home----any tips on time of year and method of extraction ????

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RE: gardenia transplanting

Gardenia can be moved easily and it can be pruned heavily. First, dig the new hole and chop up the soil as fine as possible. The late Dr. Ben Hagler from the Auburn Extension agency used to say dig a $10 hole for a $1 plant. Next, dig as much root ball as possible. I am partial to transplanting in early March because we usually get good rains then plus the chance the recently dug ground and roots will freeze is minimal. Prune heavily to minimize the amount of limbs and leave which will need to be nourished by the disturbed root system. As it gets warmer, be sure to water, water, water the first year until it becomes established in its new spot.

RE: gardenia transplanting

Thx Terry ---we will mark the calendar for an early march extraction ----JE

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