moving hydrangea's

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MrUPS, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. MrUPS

    MrUPS LawnSite Member
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    I have two big hydrangea that have overgrown the area that they r in.... Can i cut them in half and move them? Can i do this, this spring? Or should i wait and do it at another time?
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  2. MrUPS

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    Also i live in southern NH
     
  3. cgaengineer

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    It would be best to move them in the fall. I've moved them in spring and they did ok but the didn't bloom until the following season. I also had to water the heck out of them to keep em alive.
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  4. White Gardens

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    Ditto.

    Hydrangea's can be one of the hardest shrubs to transplant.

    Weigh your options. Either try to transplant them and take all the extra time and effort to keep them alive, or dig them out and go buy new ones to plant.

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  5. MrUPS

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    Thanks guys...I might just wait till fall...these can be cut in half right??
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  6. Smallaxe

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    I divide hydrangeas all the time... I started a whole bunch of hydrangeas from some roots caught in fabric, that came from a cleanup job in midsummer... so that should give you an idea about how easily they can be moved...

    The most important thing for hydrangeas is to keep them OUT of the hot afternoon sun...
     
  7. White Gardens

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    Funny you mentioned that. Most Hydrangeas are classified as a full sun plant, but you hit days over 85* and in the blazing sun, and they'll get some nasty heat stress.

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  8. Smallaxe

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    White, you noticed the conflicting information as well... :)

    They typically do great in the first 6-8 hrs of the day, but,, by 1 pm. it is very likely they will be wilting down in the direct sun...
     
  9. cgaengineer

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    Around here they do ok in almost full sun if established and irrigated but like you said...the hot afternoon sun does them in...they perk up quickly once watered.

    Like axe said, they are easy to propagate...a cutting in water with root hormone will get you there.
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  10. White Gardens

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