mock orange advice....

tina_2May 8, 2010

Hi - I have a nice size mock orange shrub. Can I cut the root ball in half and plant it?

Would each half, survive and grow? Any advice greatly appreciated. Thank you. tina_2

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If it looks like it has become a sort of thicket of separate stems this may be possible. What is it botanically? Usually mock orange is Philadelphus but since you are in the south perhaps something else, such as Choisya. The first you would only want to lift and divide when it is leafless, here these are just about to bloom.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 10:23AM
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Hi - Well mine is still in bloom and yes it looks like a thicket now. Here's a pic. from last year. Thank you. tina_2

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 10:52AM
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Dan Staley

You can't divide Philadelphus like a perennial; most woody shrubs cannot be divided, in fact. You can cut rooted suckers or ground layer, but you can't dig up and split.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 11:21AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Depends on if it has grown into a clump of multiple stems springing from beneath the ground, somewhat in the manner of a lilac - something I have seen these do.

But if you merely want to make more, hardwood stem cuttings are often easy with this shrub.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 11:04PM
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