How to Re-Plant Hydrangeas


Flowering shrubs can add color, splendor and interest to many landscape designs and yards. Hydrangeas typically grow as medium-size bushes, but there are tree and vine varieties as well. Like other types of landscape plants, hydrangeas may require relocation from one area of the yard to another. Hydrangeas may be transplanted successfully, particularly if you wait until late fall or early winter when the plant is dormant, according to online resource Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas.

Step 1

Choose the new location for your hydrangea plant before uprooting it from its current location. Hydrangeas prefer sunlight in the morning and shade in the heat of the afternoon. A shady afternoon location is especially helpful in hot, Southern climates. Do not replant your hydrangea in full shade or under a large tree that will eventually form a dense canopy that blocks the light. Choose an area that will protect your hydrangea from wind.

Step 2

Remove any weeds, grass or other plants growing in the area selected for the hydrangea. Use a garden shovel to loosen and turn the top 8 to 10 inches of soil. These flowering plants require rich, moist soils with plenty of organic materials. Mix equal amounts of compost and topsoil to form a rich medium.

Step 3

Remove your hydrangea from its current location by digging around the plant's dripline. The roots of the hydrangea plant extend about the same distance out from the center of the plant as its branches. Use the branches as a guide, carefully avoiding damage to the underground roots. Remove the soil along with the roots.

Step 4

Place the root ball on a piece of tarp to transport your hydrangea plant to its new area. Dig the new hole about twice as wide as the root ball, but no deeper. The root ball should not sit lower than the surrounding soil. Set the root ball in the hole and fill in the outside edges with your removed soil. Soak the soil after transplanting. Hydrangeas require moist soil to survive.

Tips and Warnings

  • If transplanting an oakleaf hydrangea, make sure your soil is well draining, the plant is highly susceptible to root rot, according to Hydrangeas, Hydrangeas.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Tarp
  • Water


  • Hydrangeas Hydrangeas: Planting, Transplanting and Fertilizing Hydrangeas
  • University of Florida: Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia"; Susan Page; 2001
Keywords: plant hydrangeas, growing hydrangea shrubs, transplant hydrangea

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