Asked on Jan 24, 2012

Transplanting an established Gardenia

Douglas HuntJane CMike and Anne


I have a very large, established Gardenia that needs to be moved. I would like advice on moving it: (e.g.) prune/don't prune, winter/spring, divide/don't divide. Thanks in advance. I'm located in Raleigh, NC
5 answers
  • I would transplant very late winter or very early in the spring. Cut back in a round shape by at least one third and even a little more is fine. The goal is short and fat! My saying is "Short and Fat is Where It's At" This mantra only works for plants, lol. Keep uniformly moist and play Dolly parton CD's for the newly transplanted plant. I expect many beautiful bouquets in your future!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 24, 2012

    Also, make sure not to plant too low when you transplant. Better to err on the high side.

  • Mike and Anne
    on Jan 24, 2012

    With the Raleigh winter weather this year I would probably wait until March to try to move the plant or wait until next fall if you want to enjoy the blooms this year. When you start digging the plant out of the ground I think you wil find that you have one plant so there will probably not be anything to divide. It will be easier to move the plant if you prune it before you start digging it out of the ground and moving the rootball. Get as much of the root system and soil as you can. Moving the rootball to a tarp will make it easier to keep the rootball intact to transport it to the new planting space.

  • Jane C
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Update - it took us 3 days to dig it up, but we got it moved yesterday! Thanks for all the tips - we kept a huge rootball in place and used a tarp to drag it to its new home. Now to keep it watered and alive.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 15, 2012

    Fingers crossed, Jane.

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