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What's the best way to transplant camellia bushes?

Can you, and if so, what is the best way to transplant camilla bushes which are around Medium size.

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Dear Sue,

You don't mention the type of camellia you have growing in your garden. If you have camellia japonica, they flower winter into spring so wait until they have finished flowering and then transplant them. Your Camellia sasanqua would have already flowered in autumn so you can transplant it now before the weather gets too hot. Have the hole prepared for the new location of your camellias making sure the hole is wide enough to accommodate the root ball of the shrub. Before moving the shrubs, spray the foliage with a product called Yates Yates Waterwise DroughtShield. This product improves the plant's survival and recovery when being transplanted by reducing water loss from the plant by up to 50%. Do this several hours before transplanting. When removing the shrub, take as large a root ball as is possible digging down and out around the drip line of the shrub. Have a large sheet of plastic close nearby where you can place the plant onto before transporting it to its new location. Place the camellia in the hole you have prepared, backfilling with soft soil and firming it around the root ball of the shrub. You will then need to water in with a solution of Yates Seaweed Booster or Uplift Organic Plant Starter & Root Booster. Continue to keep the soil moist with regular watering until the plant has re-established itself. You will need to pay special attention to your plants, especially during the warmer months ahead. I am sure with all the help you are going to give your camellias, they will soon recover from being transplanted and became a part of your garden once more.



Answered: 5 Sep, 2011

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