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When moving home, many gardeners want to take their plants with them too.
Winter is the best time to move plants because when they are growing slowly or are completely dormant, many plants can be dug up without too much damage and transported to their new garden or position.
When temperatures are cooler less stress is inflicted on plants. If you’re passionate about your garden, it may also be easier for you to leave behind plants that aren’t in bloom.
Even if you’re not moving house, winter is an ideal time to move a plant. When a plant is growing in the wrong spot, winter time is optimal for digging it up and transplanting it to a pot or more suitable position in the garden.
However, not all plants can be transported. In fact, some states (Tasmania and Western Australia) do not allow plants to be moved interstate without quarantine certificates.
When moving plants, damage to their root systems is a significant risk. Unless most of the roots are collected up, a plant may die or problems may occur when trying to re-establish the plant in a new place.
The easiest plants to move are generally deciduous shrubs, bulbs and perennials. Native trees and shrubs are a lot more difficult to transport.
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