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Moving azaleas and rohodendrons

Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 148

is it a bad idea to move some low azaleas and rhododendrons now? They are getting close to flowering time. I want to move them to a north facing site where plants struggle to grow and free up some space. 

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I'd move them after flowering Jesse. They'll establish better if you do.

  • Jesse2501Jesse2501 Posts: 148

    Thanks Dave, so I'll wait a month or so. Thank you. 

  • Sue HighamSue Higham Posts: 83

    I'm in the same position ... I have a rhody which is 10 years old now, has been healthy in the past and flowered well. It is about 2ft tall, with a very open 'canopy' but this year, after flowering, it looks very feeble and spindly. There is only leaf growth right at the end of the stems. I suspect it's undernourished so I thought I might cut a circle around it to cut through the roots and encourage more fibrous ones, then give it extra watering and plant food before moving it away from competition later on in the season. Would a rhody welcome this kind of treatment?  I might add, it's right next to another dwarf variety which is older and seems perfectly happy where it is!

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