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Rose of Sharon,Hypericum androsaemum

Hi all, I need to move and split into two the bush, The info says do it in the dormant stage  ok thats no prob,I wonder if  anybody has got any advise or has anyone moved many shrubs,this is about 3.5 feet high and same wide,it looks ok and healthy enough,should i give it short back and sides before moving ,im not to worried to lose a seasons flowers if thats the best way, or no, right thank you and the suns just come out erein Munslyimage


  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Alan, Monty moved a whole garden full of roses last night and the advice is always the same, cut them down about two thirds, remove any spindly or ingrowing stems then dig out a good sized root ball carefully, pull the bush clear and drop straight into a plastic bag to keep root ball from drying out. Not sure about splitting never having done it with roses though I have successfully with many other shrubs. As with all moves keeping he plant well watered after moving is essential.


  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I have a Rose of Sharon (hypericum) and have never split it although its a very hardy plant , some see it as a bit of a weed.  I dont think you will have a problem but I'm sure someone will come on here and tell you.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    The hypericum in the title is a shrub, not the invasive rooty one. The bottom part gets very woody. If you're willing to risk a pruning saw you could try sawing down the middle. It's tough.

    It will seed about and save you the bother if you wait

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,415

    Unless there are suckers that can be detached, I wouldn't try to split it. (If there are, try and detach them with as much root as possible and replant ASAP, watering in copiously). If there's only one stem, you'll just have to move it as a single plant, taking as much root as possible and again watering in well. A light prune would not be a bad idea either case.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    I fine they respond well to a total haircut in late winter and look much better for it.

    They do reach weed level if you let them seed. I don't know if it's native or naturalised but it's a wild plant, Tutsan

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Many thanks to you all job doneimage

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Just wondering why you want to split it Alan.  If it is too big just move it as the others have said after giving it a good haircut and buy another one instead of splitting it. 

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