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Transplanting a buddleia in this cold weather

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ISawMommyKissThorinOakenshield Sat 15-Dec-12 19:30:25

I agree about giving it a bit of a prune, partly because it will make it less prone to being blown over in strong wind. Whether you need to water it depends on how much rain you're getting it's like Noah's flood around here.

DewDr0p Wed 12-Dec-12 22:47:21

Agree with cuppa - buddleia are tough as old boots. We've got one that was originally a bit of root my dad's mate chopped off with a spade lol.

AlexanderS Wed 12-Dec-12 22:45:13

Thank you cuppa.

cuppawithbiccies Wed 12-Dec-12 14:08:19

buddleias are very resiliant plants so should survive transplanting.
Assuming it has put on quite a bit of growth during the summer I would be inclined to give it a half prune ie not a full spring prune but just cut the branches about half way 1) to help reduce any movement due to wind rocking the bush and therefore moving the roots and 2) to reduce stress and any water requirements.
Make sure the soil is firmed in around the plant and check it over the next month or so that it isn't rocking.
Assume that with all the rain we've had that the soil was already wet when you planted so I wouldn't water it in at the moment - no doubt it will rain again soon anyway smile

AlexanderS Wed 12-Dec-12 12:39:37


AlexanderS Wed 12-Dec-12 11:25:23

So I have a buddleia that has a lot of sentimental value for me which I'm keen not to lose and no gardening knowledge whatsoever. When we moved house in February we uprooted it from our old garden and planted it in our new garden (pruning it first); it thrived over the summer. Now we have just moved house again and again we dug it up and brought it with us. It was sitting on our patio for a couple of days, I've just this morning got round to planting it in the garden. I'm so afraid it's going to die, especially with this cold weather (it is both frosty and foggy where we are, it was covered in frost, though there were no obviously signs of damage), and wondering if I've done the right thing with it. I've not pruned it (you prune them in spring, right?) and I've not watered it in, just dug a nice, deep hole and filled it in with some of the existing soil in the garden and some multi-purpose compost. Should I water it in? Should I dig it up, put it in a pot and replant it again in the spring? I was going to put it in a pot initially but the pot I bought turned out to be too small.

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