How to Transplant Endless Hydrangea

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The Endless Summer hydrangea, a cultivar also known as Bailmer, is a deciduous shrub that is a part of the Hydrangea macrophylla family. Growing up to four-feet tall and spreading out to four-feet wide, it grows well in USDA zones 4 to 9. It blooms from July to September with lacy pink or blue flowers. This hydrangea adds an elegant touch to your yard or garden, with its showy blooms and big, dark green leaves. If you want to move your Endless Summer hydrangea, transplant it in the spring before it begins to bloom in the summer.

Difficulty: Moderate


Things You’ll Need:

  • Pruning shears
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hose
  • Mulch
  1. Choose a new area in your yard that has partial shade with well-drained, moist soil.

  2. Water the hydrangea two to three days before transplanting. Remove any dead or diseased foliage as well.

  3. Dig a trench with your shovel 12 inches away from the hydrangea and 12 inches deep to make sure you dig up the entire root ball. Set the shovel at a 45-degree angle into the trench and lift the hydrangea carefully out of the hole to avoid damaging the roots. Keep the soil around the root ball.

  4. Place the hydrangea on a wheelbarrow and take it to the new planting site.

  5. Dig a new hole twice the size of the root ball at the new location. Place the hydrangea in the hole at the same depth it was in the old location. Backfill halfway and add water to eliminate air pockets. Once the water drains, backfill the rest of the soil and water deeply.

  6. Apply two inches of mulch, such as pine bark, around the hydrangea to retain moisture and ward off weeds. Water to a depth of one inch a week to keep the soil moist and establish the roots in the new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the soil in the new location has a different pH from the old site, amend it by mixing the soil with aluminum sulfate for blue flowers or lime for pink flowers, depending on the color of your hydrangea.

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