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Moving a large box ball

Hi. This is my first time of posting. I have a large container W18" D 18" H 36" with a large box ball that is getting too large for the container. Can I move it into a flower bed without causing damage to it, if so what time of year is best to do this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Carole


  • Early spring or autumn is the best time of year to move perennials. It should rain a lot, as the plant will need water to settle in. 

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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    If the plant is pot bound, tease out the roots a bit before you plant. And keep an eye on the watering for the first year after it is in the ground. 

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  • Thank you for all your replies. Everyone has been very helpful.

  • I agree with Freddie's Dad but would just add that a handful of bone meal forked into the bottom of the hole will help to get the roots off to a good start, but that applies to the planting of most things. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,631

    Good advice above about root teasing and bonemeal.  I would add that the plant should be thoroughly soaked before you remove it from its container and then re-planted at the same level as before and watered again and then regularly watered till it shows it has settled in.  That may be all summer.

    I would also give it a foliar feed of liquid seaweed fertiliser a couple of times in May and June to help it grow strongly.

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  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,449

    I recall Monty Don saying that they respond well to the bottom of the root ball being completely sliced off  with a spade, to promote new root growth.

    I did this when repotting two large box balls and they are growing well.

  • Thank you all who responded to my box ball query.  Excellent tips and advice. I shall move the box ball at the weekend, so I have plenty of time to do it 'properly!

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