Monday, May 11, 2009

Moving hydrangea plant now !, How do I successfully move a 3 ft tall hydrangea plant see below ?

I cut down a tree and then realized now my hydrangeas are burning. should I prune them down even tho it is their spring growing season and dig them up after watering them well ? I will lost them if I don't move them ,it is now very hot there.

Moving hydrangea plant now !, How do I successfully move a 3 ft tall hydrangea plant see below ?
Water well. Prune them back hard, move them, getting as much of the rootball as you can, water well, with a little root stimulator in the watering.

Pruning will lessen the shock - as shock comes from water loss, and with fewer leaves, there will be less asiprated loss through the leaves. You'll lose the flowers this year if they haven't yet flowerred - but that's a small price to pay to increase the chances of the plants surviving the move.
Reply:If you move it now you are taking a large chance of losing the bush. However, it can be done if you move it in the evening when it has cooled down; be sure to water it well after it is moved. I would go to the local garden center and purchase fabric shade (it can be purchased by the yard) to make a kind of umbrella. It should make it through the summer, if watered well during the season. Then you can move it safely when the weather cools off.
Reply:My hydrangeas are in full sun and they do wilt a bit, but I doubt you will lose them, unless you don't water. The sunburn you see on the leaves should not occur on new leaves that come out. In other words, they can probably stay where they are...

If you do want to move them, moving now should be OK, but you will have to water all summer to ensure they get established. You might not get flowers this year, either.

Don't prune them down prior to moving, because many hydrangeas bloom on old wood and you would definitely be foresaking the flowers if you cut down the old wood.

If you do move them, dig really good, deep, wide holes to transplant them to. Build a "moat" around them to hold water so you can really soak them after planting.

Or just leave them be till fall. Maybe they'll adapt to their new home. We have them growing at the beach in absolute beating sun and they love it!

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