Hi, just wondering is it ok to dig out a berbris now as it has gotten too large for where it is and i have a place out in my front garden which would be fine. So could I do it now or wait a while, all advice welcome.
I have transplanted a large berberis, and I found it difficult. Simply tryiing to dig up a 'rootball' doesn't really work, because the roots don't naturally form a ball. Mine had long deep roots, several feet long, somewhat like a rose. The plant needed a lot of TLC for several months. The plant did survive.
If yours was bought in a container, and had constrained roots, in a ball, then it might be easier.
The leaves of berberis are holly-like, so the plant doesn't tend to wilt like most plants, and doesn't respond to watering in the same way. That just makes post-translant care more tricky.
If we should turn out to have a spell of hot weather, then now would not be a good time.
That's just my experience.
I would definitely wait, too - I moved one at this time of year once, and it didn't survive.
Me too. The best time to move things is autumn when most plants go dormant and thus suffer less shock from being moved. It will also help to prune some of the top growth so the roots have less work to do maintaining the plant above soil and can concentrate on re-establishing themselves for a healthy future.
Make sure the root ball is well watered before digging it out and that the new hole is ready for it to go into without it hanging around and risking drying out precious roots. Add some bonemeal and some Rootgrow to the new hole to encourage new root growth. Water well.
If you cant wait until the autumn to do the moving you could do some pruning of the evergreen types now. They would cope well doing a hard prune now, giving time for the new stems to harden up before the colder weather.
The deciduous types respond well, ie survive, after a Winter pruning. So that's another option. J.
Thanks to all for the very informative advice, i will wait untill Autumn. I don,t know
which berberis it is, not looking forward to moving it as it just loves to Stab me if i
even look at it