Got a bush or shrub to move? Not sure if it can be done? You’ve never transplanted a bush before!? Don’t worry or fret. Transplanting bushes and shrubs is easier than you might think. Most bushes and shrubs can be transplanted successfully. A smaller bush usually transplants better, with a higher success rate, than an older, larger bush. However, we’ve seen some pretty big bushes moved successfully, from one spot to another.
As a rule of thumb, spring is the best time to transplant most types of bushes, shrubs, and trees. During the spring, there’s more moisture in the soil, plants are growing at their fastest rate, and the weather is cooler. Sometimes, during other times of the year, homeowners and gardeners come upon a situation where their bush or shrub must be moved. When faced with a “must move, or else” situation, by all means, try to transplant it. After all, what is the alternative!?
Transplanting can affect the blooming of flowering bushes and shrubs. Often, the transplant will produce few or no flowers the next year. Normal blooms will return the following year. Transplanting can also affect the production of fruit and berries from bushes and trees. Again, it usually affects one year after it is transplanted.
Tip: If transplanting during hot weather, provide a light shade for your transplant for a few days. This minimizes wilting, and possible leaf burn from the sun.