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By Hprlady

Lincs, United Kingdom Gb

With reference to my previous question about the plant Pieris, variety Forest Flame, my friend would like to take a cutting if possible as he has been told the plant will not take kindly to being dug up when he moves. Can any GoY members advise when and how it is best to try - assuming that it will be okay to try? Many thanks



Semi ripe cuttings in summer or layering in the autumn. I'm curious about the "not take kindly to being dug up" - they don't mind being moved, unless they're too large to be re-sited, so if it's a young plant, say less than 3 years, it'd be okay to dig it up.

2 May, 2010


I agree Bb, i just moved mine last week Hpr and it has settled in grand can even see a little bit of new growth hope this helps!!!

2 May, 2010


Many thanks. I will ask about the age!!

3 May, 2010


I have just asked about the age and height. It has been in the garden for about 6 years and is about 3' to 3'6" tall. I hope there is a way to move it safely as my friend is adamant he does not want to leave it.

3 May, 2010


First, let me just say that if he is selling his property to someone, he's not allowed to remove anything growing in the soil in the garden unless it's specifically mentioned at the time of sale - plants in the garden are considered part of the property, plants in pots aren't. Secondly, if its been in that long, best left behind - get a new one and start again. All that'll happen is the one he digs up will most likely die, and he'll have to get a new one anyway.

3 May, 2010


Thanks Bamboo. As it was a gift he wants to take it, but its a Council property, not a selling situation. However, as the general consensus of opinion is that it would not survive the move, I think we shall try the cutting route - if you'll pardon the pun!

3 May, 2010

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