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Joe Asked

What is the best time to move Nandini plants to another location?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Joe: Since we are heading into the coldest months of the year, it is best to wait until early spring before moving your Nandina. They are tough plants that tolerate a range of growing conditions but relocating these broad-leaved evergreens now, will make them more susceptible to winter damage. Take this time to consider the new location in terms of light availability and drainage. When the soil temperatures begin to rise, prep the new planting location before digging up the Nandina. You may need to adjust the size of the hole but getting the plant back in the soil is the main goal when moving plants in the garden. Treat as any new addition and make sure there is sufficient moisture for the roots to establish. There are several cultivars of Nandina ranging in size and berry production. The dwarf cultivars do not berry as well as the larger options. Flowering and foliage color will depend on cultivar and amount of available sunlight. The more sun, the more flowers/berries and drastic color changes. Berries appear in the fall and continue through the winter. I hope this is helpful.

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