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Can you relocate a large Camellia

I’m a recent novice gardener, slowly working my through a garden that needs a lot of attention. 
I have a large? (2.5-3.0m tall) white Camellia that has to go from its current position. I can see it wouldn’t be easy to move, but if someone wanted it, could it survive a relocation? Are there any recommended methods, presume autumn winter would be the time to do it? I have attempted to attach a photo of it. 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,742
    According to this

    they say it can be done, if you have the time and inclination.

    However, I would imagine that the combined weight of a mature plant plus its rootball would require the aid of a small mechanical digger to move it.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,089
    I would say no,  better to buy a nice new one and place where you want it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632
    Agree with @Lyn
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    That is absolutely massive. If it's a choice between attempting to move it and possibly/probably losing it, or chucking it in a skip and DEFINITELY losing it, I know which I'd chose though.

    I would have thought you'd be best off pruning it fairly hard (to make it more manageable to handle and to balance the inevitable root loss) and taking as much rootball as feasible, some time in late Autumn.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,089
    You can saw it right down almost to the ground if you chose to move it, they grow back very quickly.   I have done this so can safely say it works. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks all for your help. If I find somewhere for it to go I’ll do some pruning in the back end. I’ll have a digger in so can use that to assist. 
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