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I need to move a gardenia bush which I planted to close to a retaining wall. Should I prune is now and move to new site in September. It is 5' x 5'. It had only a few blooms this summer unlike past years when it was full of blooms. How far from the base should I dig to remove?
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That is a large gardenia! I would wait to prune it back until a little closer to the time that you are going to transplant it - maybe in mid-August and dig and transplant the shrub in late September or early October. The soil will still be warm at that time and will remain warm in your area for another month or so. You will want to prepare the planting hole before you dig the shrub. When you dig the gardenia, be sure to dig as large a root ball as you can manage. Here are some tips for preparing the new hole and digging your shrub: http://www.viette.com/v.php?pg=688
. It would be a good idea to also amend the soil with some Espoma Bio-tone Starter Plus
according to the label instructions to enhance root growth and reduce transplant shock. Be sure to replant at the same depth and keep the new transplant well watered but not soggy. Good luck!