On 20 Oct 2003 22:43:05 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mceezee) opined:
It is always better to transplant in fall so the roots have time to repair
themselves before the ground freezes. It's easier for them to recover over the
winter, than it is to withstand the heat of summer.
In article email@example.com says...
I don't know about the fall but my parents have transplanted Rose of
Sharon from house to house whenever they moved for longer than I'm alive
and they claim that the spring is the best time to transplant them. I'm
in Zone 5, Chicago so things might be better down south.
It is very different down south where I live, but I lived the better portion of
my life on Long Island which is zone 6b-7a and I always did my major
transplanting in the early fall. I suppose it could be done in spring, but the
person asked for opinions and I gave mine. No dogma here, just my experience.
It may depend on the location. We have summer droughts that can last
over a month--that will make it tough on transplants. In the spring
sometimes there is excessive rain and ground saturation which is not
good for digging. ROS grow like weeds. I've transplanted hundreds of
them at varies times of the year and all survived. The ones
transplanted in the fall grow better in the long run, but not sure the
reason--maybe the roots are feeding during the winter months and
foliage is not important.
There's no maybe about it. Plants transplanted in fall always do better and take
much less care the following summer. The roots are always in a state of growth,
even in winter, up to the point where the ground freezes at 27 degrees.
Perennials, which is what trees and shrubs are, always have some part of them
which stays alive. In this case, it is the roots.
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