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How to Move Hydrangea Plants

There are many species of hydrangea plants, but they are all characterized by beautiful, big showy flowers that make a wonderful accent to any landscape. If you have a hydrangea that is not doing well where it is planted, consider moving it. Moving a hydrangea is a simple task that requires little more than some planning ahead and some digging. By following a few procedures, you can move your hydrangea and have it thriving again by its next bloom season.

Wait for the hydrangea to finish its blooms, which is in the fall. Watch for a time when the flowers stop blooming, but the plant has not yet become dormant.

Prune the hydrangea with the pruning clippers, removing any dead branches that didn't flower, then take some twine and tie it around the hydrangea to bring the remaining branches together. This will help prevent damage as it is being moved.

Dig up the roots of the hydrangea. The bigger root ball clump you can get, the better.

Dig the hole for transplanting the hydrangea. The reason you want to wait until you have already dug the plant up to dig the new hole is so you can accurately assess the size of the root ball. When the hole is dug, fill with water.

Place the root ball into the new hole. Cover well with soil and tap the soil down so that the roots are securely covered. Water once again.


When you select a new home for the hydrangea, remember that they like morning sun and light afternoon shade.

When transplanting, you can also divide the hydrangea up by using a sharp spade and separating the root ball.


When pruning, do not cut all new growth off the branches, or you may not have blooms the next year.

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