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moving hydrangea?

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insertimaginativeusername Sun 04-Oct-15 21:07:30

Just that has some mature hydrangeas that have slipped over time (bit of a sloped border) and one died a while ago so leaves a gap. I'd like to move them around to balance the border out.

Is this ok to do this time of year? Any tips for ensuring I don't kill them off?


M0rven Sun 04-Oct-15 21:10:34

How big are they ? Personally I'd move them later in the year when they are dormant .

Are they the kind you prune hard or lightly ?

insertimaginativeusername Sun 04-Oct-15 21:17:29

About 3-4 feet wide?

I don't know if they are the sort that can be/are supposed to be pruned hard, but they take my gung ho approach to pruning very well and have come back every year grin

M0rven Mon 05-Oct-15 07:38:26

I'm guessing they are in flower now, so many you could post a photo ?

CuttedUpPear Mon 05-Oct-15 07:51:43

Before you move it, give it your hard prune and make some cuttings out of the prunings.
That way if it doesn't survive, you'll have substitute plants.

M0rven Mon 05-Oct-15 08:31:32

You could root prune it now , in preparation for moving it in February .

If you prune hard every spring and it still flowers that year , then it must be Hydrangea paniculata , as they flower on new wood . If it flowers on the old wood and you prune hard in spring, you lose the flowers that year .

Also the root ball will be huge and heavy , it will take two people to move it( I'm assuming you have a clay soil )

insertimaginativeusername Mon 05-Oct-15 16:00:16

I'm not able to post a photo right now but your are right, it is clay soil so I will enlist some help for the big move!

I will root some as you say though just in case they don't appreciate it. Thank you for the helpful advice.

Ferguson Tue 06-Oct-15 23:15:22

These links might help:

funnyperson Wed 07-Oct-15 02:33:17

brilliant link!

FeelsLikeHome123 Wed 07-Oct-15 02:37:40

According to a local gardener on the radio last week, they don't like to be moved but if you do move them, make sure to take a large amount of earth around them so you don't damage the roots

WelliesAndPyjamas Sat 17-Oct-15 20:14:58

Sounds like a big job! I moved a smallish hydrangea bush about three years ago, it survived, and is still fine.

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