Hi, I need to do the same thing because of building works starting next week. I have a huge old one, probably 10-15ft high. BUT how big a root ball are we talking? Is it possible to temporarily wrap the ball in something? Only because its new location may not be ready for a few days after I have to dig it up. Will that kill it?
09 Mar 2016 07:26
Livo, thats pretty big.
you have no choice but to move it.
the roots wont be overly large .....relatively compact.....but aim for as big a rootball as possible.
Wrap in a large dustbin liner and moisten roots. prune the top by half or so. Keep top open but out of strong dessicating winds
Good advice from Verdun - keeping it from drying out is the key. Be kind to it once you get it in the new location. If high winds are likely in your area, it might be worth giving it some support initially too. It will be top heavy even with a prune.
I'm just wondering why the OP 'pruned all the flower buds' on his...
Ah ok, thanks. So a bin liner is better than hessian? How long could I get away with leaving it like that?
I read on an Aussie site that you should cut around the 'drip line' but that would mean a root ball of about 8ft across! That would be one large bin liner
And do you recommend any particular compost to pass around it when it goes into its new site? It's currently facing north and will unfortunately (having read the rest of this thread) now have to face south instead, but no way around that
I'm moving at the end of July, and have an established camellia that I'd like to salvage first. It's still flowering at the moment. Is it better to leave it as long as possible before I dig it up and pot it? Should I prune it back hard first?
Let it flower then prune it back....as hard as you like; it will be fine. Then dig it up asap if you have a pot big enough. water it well and keep out of direct sunshine....hot sun is forecast this week to herald our summer
I often move camelias...their roots are not the biggest and you should get a nice compact rootball. Just cut generously around it.
They shouldn't be too deep. You don't need to save all the roots, they're quite resilient, but I'd leave it until November.
We had three of them in the centre bed, probably twenty years old, despite regular pruning they began to dominate the garden so they had to go, I cut them down to a couple of feet tall about ten years ago, before digging them out.
This is from 2004.
But we saved one and it regrew quite well in it's less noticeable position behind this lamp. This is a recent photo I prune it every year. Not bothered about the flowers they make a lot of mess, but we do like their leaves.