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Asked on Jun 23, 2019

How to remove and replant large rhododendron?

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We need to build a handicap ramp at front of house for mom. However she does not want to lose this enormous rhododendron. How do we get this out and moved. Please help. Thank you 😊

q removing and replanting large rhododendron
3 answers
  • That's going to take a lot of digging, Janice. I think I would call a professional.

  • William
    on Jun 23, 2019

    It is BEAUTIFUL. Yes, consult a pro at a garden center. You wouldn't want to damage, hurt it. Also you definitely don't want to shock or stunt it and lose it. The pro's know how to do it right.

  • Sharon
    on Jun 24, 2019

    They transplant Rhodies in our town all the time, here are some guidelines.... https://www.rhododendron.org/transplant.htm they say the roots aren't that deep. I would wait till fall, after a late summer pruning after the blooms are gone.

    You could prune the heck out of it now if you need to make the ramp ASAP. I prune mine in Oregon in late summer/fall and in the spring after they bloom. Then after transplanting I would give it some Rhodie and Camelia food/fertilizer.

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