Mov­ing a woody climber

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1

Dig up the climber care­fully, aim­ing to pre­serve as much of the fi­brous root sys­tem as pos­si­ble. I dug a par­tial trench around part of the plant and then un­der­cut the root­ball to the wall.

2

Lift the climber care­fully onto a sheet or even a shop­ping bag, as I have done. Larger, heav­ier root­balls will need tilt­ing to one side, so a sheet can be slipped un­der­neath.

3

Use the sheet or bag to move the root­ball to its new lo­ca­tion. Dig a new plant­ing hole that is big­ger than the root­ball and re­plant. Se­cure in­di­vid­ual shoots to bam­boo canes di­rected to­wards sup­ports.

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