Best time to move Hardy Hibiscus?

prairiemoon2 z6 MAAugust 15, 2009

I am looking at my Hardy Hibiscus 'Plum Crazy' with buds all over it and just itching to move it to prepare a bed for next year. It blooms so late, that if I wait until it finishes blooming, it might not have enough time to re-establish before winter. I thought I read somewhere that spring was the best time to move it, but I really don't want to wait until then. I'd almost rather lose the bloom for this year and move it now, but I'm afraid it will get too hot right after I move it and I don't want to lose it. I suppose I could just pot it up and leave it in the shade for a week.

Anyone have any experience moving one of these Hardy Hibiscus?

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

If you don't want to move it in spring, then wait until mid/late September.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 6:16AM
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juliebw(z5 NY)

I believe it has a deep tap root, making it more difficult to move successfully. I think you may risk killing the plant if you move it before spring. I gow hardy hibiscus, but have not moved it. This thought is just my intuition. Before you move it in fall, I would wait to hear from someone who says they have done this.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 8:16AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks laceyvail, and julie. I was afraid there was some reason not to move it in the fall. I think you are right, if someone has already moved one successfully in the fall, that would give me the confidence to do it, otherwise, I guess I just have to put up with it where it is and work around it until spring.

I am thinking maybe I should try rooting some cuttings to try to propagate it just for insurance. Has anyone done that?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 9:48AM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I've moved them before, have done it in both early spring and fall. No problem doing at either time, be sure to mulch well.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 2:04PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I have moved mine twice: once in spring, once in fall. It was a smaller plant the first time (fall). I don't remember noticing a taproot... I did take care to keep it well watered. Since hibiscus are tropicals, I cannot imagine that it would suffer badly from your heat. Definitely mulch, as mxk said, and move it into good soil. Personally, if you are a conscientious one about aftercare, I'd move it now to give those roots maximum time to re-establish.

I'd like to know how to propagate them too. Mine is Krown Jewels and I love it.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 3:56PM
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