Am I just dreaming?

Waitforspring(6 MA)June 9, 2010


Don't even know if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes. I have several large rhododendrons that came with the property. Several of them were used as foundation plants and I'm sick of having to prune them to keep them from eating up the windows.

Does anyone think that landscapers or nurseries might be interested in having some of them in exchange for maybe transplanting some for me and if so how do I go about finding the right person?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

I don't think large rhododendron will transplant well...but I could be mistaken.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 1:11PM
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They transplant very well. Where are you?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 10:25PM
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You may be able to post on craigslist and find someone who is willing to do the labor in exchange for plants. And if you don't get any bites, you're not out anything, except the few minutes of your time it took to post the question.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 10:47PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Do you have photos of them in bloom? Many of the people who might be interested would want to know the variety or color.

You might also ask at GW's Azalea & Rhododendron forum.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 1:36AM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

Thank you all for your responses and suggestions. I do have pictures of a couple of them in bloom, but have no idea of the names since they were here when we moved in many years ago.
laag, I'm on the Cape too.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 7:17AM
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mjsee(Zone 7b, NC)

Laag--and that is why I oughtn't to make out-of-zone statements. Here in central NC we have a heck of a time getting large rhodis to "take" anytime except fall. And even then it can be touch-and-go.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 2:19PM
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There have been a couple of threads on the New England forum about moving large rhododendrons. As I recall, they involved heavy machinery and good success.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 3:10PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

I moved a pretty big one in the very forgiving climate of the PNW: dug it up in the fall with a minimal root ball, left it out of the ground all winter, just loosely covered, and planted it the following spring. It had barely bloomed before I moved it, and subsequent to the move it has bloomed prolifically for two years running!

Timing matters: not in summer!

Craigslist, or your local nursery and landscapers' association might have a classified listing.


    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 2:03PM
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Click on my name at the top of this post and send me an email if you want me to look at them. I'm in Yarmouthport.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 10:03PM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

Thanks laag. Sent you an email. Hope it works.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2010 at 2:45PM
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