I have two small dogwoods that came up volunteer
about 2 feet apart. I want to move one: when can I do that?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Wilma in Kentucky: There are a few different species of dogwoods (Cornus); all of them are propagated from seed but named cultivars will not come true from seed. Regardless, it is always a bonus when an animal plants something worth growing in the garden! Since yours are growing so close to each other it is a good idea to move one of them while they are young and manageable. This way they will not be competing for space, light, or nutrients as they mature. As for transplanting, now, as long as the ground is not frozen, is a fine time to transplant. Anytime from late fall through early spring while the dogwood is dormant is a good time to move. The only time you should not move your plants is during the hotter months of the year. It is always a good idea to prepare the new planting space before digging up the existing plant. Reducing stress during the move will help ensure a successful transplant. Choose an area of the garden that receives full to part sun. When you are ready to dig, use a sharp spade and start digging farther out from the dogwood and work your way in. The idea is to keep as much of the root ball intact as possible. It should be planted immediately and the soil level should be flush with the ground. Water well and apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to help keep the moisture in and the soil warm. Mulch should not be coned up around the trunk. Treat like a new addition to the garden for the next couple of years.