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Is it bad to move plants to a different place?

I've got some lavender and rosemary and I realised that they were not getting enough sun where I'd planted them first. I decided to move the rosemary and was surprised at how long it's roots were since I only got it a month ago. I planted it up beside the garden patio and now I've read that they need about 2ft to spread. Should I move it again? 

Will the lavender be ok if I move it too, or is it best to leave things where they are? It's hard finding places that suit each plant for sun/shade but that also has the right soil type and moisture. I think I might have put them all in the wrong places. 


  • Tray14Tray14 Posts: 210

    My rosemary grows quite happily between a Pieris and Common Lilac - definately not 2 feet between shrubs - Lavender - I grow in containers and move them about with no obvious side effects - thay said I havent grown it in a boarder so hopefully someone more knowledgable than me can steer you in the right direction ?

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Most plants can be moved, especially while they are young, as long as you do it the right way. Generally, moves are made in Autumn or Spring, but when the situation is urgent, most will survive. You need to prepare the new ground well, get the hole dug and in dry weather let a watering can of water soak well in first. Water the plant, too, if the ground is dry. Dig up the plant with as much soil as you can, avoiding root damage, and get it straight in, no tea breaks! Keep it watered and watch over it for several weeks. Shelter from intense heat or cold may be needed and very leafy plants often benefit from being cut back a bit when you move them.

    I don't know where you are ripply, but if you have very high temperatures and drought at the moment, don't move anything. You could take a cutting from your rosemary and avoid another move.

    It would be worth your having a long look at your garden, the soil type, the amount of sun and shade, the spaces to fill, and doing a bit of research on plants before you buy any more. It will work out better in the long run.

  • are you saying it is near the patio and you are worried the roots will go under patio and not survive??

    sounds ideal to me where you have it, rain will drain off patio and keep it watered maybe

    most plants are pretty robust and will survive in most places but at the detriment of flowers/growth. give them a year or two and see how they get on, they can be moved if you do it at the right time later

  • ripplyripply Posts: 73

    Oh dear! I moved it today. And it's really hot weather and dry. It was planted under a big tree and was in shade a lot so I thought it would be better moved. 

    It's planted right beside the patio and now I've been thinking it might need more room to spread out. Maybe it's too cramped there for it? Though I've probably killed it now anyway image

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