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is it too late in the season to transplant a rhodadenderon?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by clydesdale, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I live in ny, i think i still have time. But i want to do this transplant this weekend. I am not too late am i? Thanks
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Transplant away! You have plenty of time left.
  3. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    i have always heard that the best time to transplant is when the plant is dormant.
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    It is. But when does a rhodo go dormant? - it is an evergreeen. I've planted them right up until the ground has frozen. Just make sure you provide some type of wind protection.
  5. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I did not get a chance to transplant this last year and I want to try it now, in the spring. Any suggestions or guidance. Should I wait until after it blooms?
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    Rhodies are about the easiest transplants there are. Cut ALL the way around them with a sharp spade before you start yanking and pulling.
  7. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Is there a time of year that it should NOT be done? Thanks
  8. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    this comes from the Rhodo and Azalea society:

    Most rhododendrons and azaleas in the landscape, even large ones, can be moved using proper care. In favorable climates the transplanting can be done at almost any time when the plant is not in soft growth except at the very hottest times, but in cold climates early spring transplanting is recommended. In warm climates very late summer to late fall transplanting is preferred so that the root system has a chance to become established before the summer heat. Deciduous azaleas are best transplanted in their dormant season.

    Evergreen azaleas and large leaved rhododendrons have shallow fibrous root systems and should be dug with as large a root ball as possible. The root ball will likely not need to be too deep to get most of the roots, but it should be wide. Take you time in digging the plant so you can feel or see where the roots are and dig a root ball so as to get as many roots as possible. The planting hole should be prepared before you dig the plant you are moving when possible. (See Planting.) A cart can be used to move a large plant, or even a tarpaulin can be used to slide the plant along the ground to its new location. If you need to transport the plant by open truck, it helps to protect the leaves from the drying winds by covering it with a tarpaulin.

    It is best to plant your newly dug rhododendrons right away, but if you are not able to do so, the plants can be heeled in with a good mulch, such as pine bark soil conditioner, or even potted up in very large containers using good potting medium such as the pine bark soil conditioner. In cold climates they should be planted before winter to keep the roots from dying from extremely cold temperatures. Plants can be held this way until you are ready to place them in their new location. Careful attention to watering will be required for plants heeled in or potted up, and also for the plants once they are transplanted.
  9. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    All I can say is go for it, but don't fertilize.

    One big problem is having big leaves from fertilizing following transplanting, but roots not developed enough to keep up with the sun. Then the edges brown.

    I almost never fertilize transplants, and very very little to established shrubs and trees.

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