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Moving a false castor oil plant



We have a large false castor oil plant which we would like to move to another part of the garden.... it seems to have big roots. Can this be done if so whats the best way to tackle it??? any help




  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,918

    Do you mean Fatsia japonica Sally?

    You can prune them if it makes it easier to move, but I'd wait for warmer weather if you have to do that.

    If you have to move it now, the usual advice applies. Prepare the new site thoroughly first, with plenty of compost/well rotted manure etc, get as  big a  rootball as possible,  and make sure you water in thoroughly. Don't do it if you have frosts forecast though  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Just taken over an old garden, not been cultivated for 10 years Found a casteroil plant 6ft tall, very lanky. Can l cut it down to strengthen it
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    I think it might be a bit risky, think about how you'd feel if you lost it altogether before deciding to move it, then either go for it or get another one for the new area.
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