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Pruning a transplanted Lorapetalum

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by mopucimu, Mar 17, 2021.

  1. mopucimu

    mopucimu Apprentice Gardener

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    Transplanting Ten year old Lorapetalum bushes that have not been pruned for four years. These are over 7 feet tall. If a fairly large ball of roots are pulled up and transplanted to another location in the yard do I need to prune lightly, medium or severely, or not at all?
     
  2. luis_pr

    luis_pr Gardener

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    That would depend on the look that you are trying to achieve and whether it is starting to actively grow/bloom now. I would plan a light pruning for spring after the plants have finished flowering, otherwise, you risk cutting off the 2020 summer flower buds (which the transplanting may have zapped but I am not sure). Then leave the medium pruning for when it has gone dormant in late Fall 2021 or winter 2021-2022. They take well to regular pruning but some varieties are normally tall and others are dwarf-ish.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2021
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