Planting and transplanting now
Hello I have an azalea bush that I would like to have transplanted to another part of my yard. I also have a Knockout Rose bush still in a pot from last year that I would like to plant. Is it too early to do the planting and replanting now?
Montgomery County Maryland
Always consider weather and soil conditions in determining when to transplant. Postpone transplanting late winter to early spring if the weather conditions are unusually cold and the ground is frozen. You can transplant the azalea and plant the rose around late March to early April. Avoid working in wet soil. You will have to wait until it dries out. How do you know when your soil can be turned? One test is to form a clump of your soil into a ball. Bounce it up and down in your hand a few times. If it breaks apart easily it’s probably OK to dig!