Transplanting mature bougainvillea
I've been working on a curbside gardening project this week and now that the prep work is ready, it's time to plant! I'm trying to do this on a budget so I've decided to transplant one or two bougainvilleas from the backyard into this new space. It's clay soil, full sun and will be surrounded by other drought tolerant plants.
My husband began the process of digging one out and it's more of a chore than I assumed. I'm not sure how long they have been in the ground but they were at least 8 feet tall when we moved in and we hard pruned them down to 6" to open up the space for a vegetable garden. The new growth is about 8" tall. The roots are really deep and super thick! I've heard their roots are really sensitive but since they're so thick I was thinking they could survive some hacking. He's cut through the thickest ones and it just needs to be lifted out.
Does anyone think it will survive the root cutting since it has very little top growth to support?