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mock orange advice....

Posted by tina_2 zone8 tx (My Page) on
Sat, May 8, 10 at 10:14

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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RE: mock orange advice....

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, May 8, 10 at 10:23

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.

RE: mock orange advice....

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

fragrant mock orange bush

RE: mock orange advice....

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.


RE: mock orange advice....

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, May 8, 10 at 23:04

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.

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