Best time to move two clethra?

Asked August 1, 2017, 11:24 AM EDT

I have two clethra in a rain garden that have been in the ground for 16 months. They're currently about 2.5x2.5 feet in size. It turns out that they were spaced too closely to a few other plants, and I need to move them to space them better. When would be the best time to do this? In the fall or in the spring? Where we are located, they typically shed their leaves in late October or early November and leaf out in late April.

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1 Response

You should be able to transplant next month as the weather cools, and continue to keep it well-watered for it's re-establishment of 12--18 months. Even after it looks dormant, keep watering until the ground freezes for the winter as roots are still growing.

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