I am looking to transplant some very well established Indian Hawthorne from the front of my house to somewhere in the backyard. We are looking to add a front porch and these shrubs are one of very few that I\'m a fan of and with their age I don\'t want to just rip them out and dispose of them. We have had our soil tested and it has low pH. Should we rectify this issue before considering transplanting? If not, when is the best time for me to begin the transplant and how do I go about ensuring that they will flourish once moved?
Transplanting Hawthorne Bushes
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
As long as you can get a good bit of the roots, which will mean digging out about 2 or 3 feet from the base, then it should survive with no issues. Keep in mind some transplant shock is normal. If your pH is at least 5 or above, then you will be fine there. If you are still concerned, then you can apply dolomitic lime as a buffer. This will ensure that the pH is stable, and close to neutral.
You will want to transplant these in spring for the best results. Keep them watered until they start to show signs of new growth.
Indian hawthorn does well in soil pH of 6.0-7.5. Here is an article from this website that should help. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/indian-hawthorn/transplanting-indian-hawthorn.htm
Here is additional general information on transplanting. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=293