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Best time of year to move hydrangea

lvs.pvtlvs.pvt Posts: 3
Hi there.  I was wondering if it was possible to relocate a mature hydrangea.  If yes, can you please advise what would be the best time of year and also any suggestions or tips on how to proceed. Thanks so much. 


  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,452
    October / November 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,145
    My comment would be make sure you have as big a hole as possible ready for it ! It's easy to fill in, but when you have it out of the ground and realise the waiting hole isn't big enough it can be slightly stressful! 
    A tarpaulin or even old compost bag is useful so that it can be dragged along , rather than try and manoeuvre it in a wheelbarrow is my other tip.  :)
  • lvs.pvtlvs.pvt Posts: 3
    Thanks so much for the advice.  Should I cut it down before transfer ro would that be too much for the plant to recover from.  AT the moment its a beast thats about 6 foot square.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,543
    Cutting it down will not stress the plant, as it will be losing it's leaves at that time of year in any case. But that also makes hard pruning less necessary, as the roots will have the winter to recover. You may just want to do a light prune such as removing the oldest stems. Many Hydrangeas flower on the previous season's wood so you need to bear in mind the impact on the nest season's flowering, if that's important to you.

    However some Hydrangeas bounce back from a hard prune to flower the following year (Annabelle, paniculata 'Limelight' etc). I would cut those down to a woody framework a foot or two high. 
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