Relocating Shrubs/Plants

Anonymous added on October 26, 2014 | Answered

I live in Ohio near Akron. I live in an apt. and will be moving to a home in the same general vicinity. I have a Juniper bush that is sculpted that I want to take with me. It was a gift from my mom who is now deceased. Can I dig it up now, before snow falls, plant in proper size container until spring & replant at new home? What about a lilac bush she gave me; or can I start a new bush from the current bush? How about other perennials I would like to take with me? I hate the idea of all my time/money being left for another tenant. Thank you.

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Answered on October 27, 2014

Yes, fall is a good time for transplanting, as long as you don't wait too long to do it. The plants will need time to get established before the cold winter weather sets in. (Note: If it's already gotten a bit too cool, you can still dig them up and keep them in pots over winter, transplanting in spring.) If you can ensure that the majority of the roots and surrounding soil is lifted and replanted in an area with suitable growing conditions, you'll have a greater chance of success. To reduce shock, trimming may help. Here is an article that you may find helpful:

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