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Old 02-09-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NE USA
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We will be having a shed installed and there is a branch from a rhododendron that will need to be cut. It's winter (and cold) here and I am concerned the plant will not recover well if it is cut now. Is this accurate or is it okay to prune now? I can probably get away with tying the branch back and waiting until a better time. Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:55 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Should not be a problem at all. There are times to prune a roadie so as not to lose flowers or buds. Other than that, they are tough as nails.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: British Columbia
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It's just one branch, cut it off. It won't hurt the rhododendron to cut the branch now when the plant is presently in a semi-dormant state and sap runs slow. I am caretaker to about 20 rhododendron trees (in a location where it never gets really, really cold) and I will prune them back at any time of year if I see they need it. They are tough plants. If it's a big branch and you are concerned about seepage from the cut or of bacteria or insects getting into the cut you can paint over the cut with pruning tar to seal and protect it.

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Old 02-09-2017, 04:24 PM
 
Location: NC
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The dead of winter is the best time to prune it, so you are in luck!
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I cut one flat to the ground, about 4 years ago in the dead of winter, with 6" trunk. It's now above the 6' fence and has bloomed the last 2 years.
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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The dead of winter is the best time to prune it, so you are in luck!
Actually the best time to prune a rhododendron is immediately after flowering, since they flower on last year's growth (i.e., old wood). That's not to say you cannot prune them during the dead of winter, but just after flowering in the spring will ensure the best show of flowers for the next year.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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I had two that were overgrown when I bought my house, so I cut them down to below grade. Every few months, I notice a few new shoots coming up from where the stumps used to be. I'm letting them grow..for now
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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In dead of winter and in frost zone, cut it 2-4" longer than final cut, then trim the stub off after last freeze. (if you are trying to save and shape the Rhodie.
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Old Today, 02:30 PM
 
Location: NE USA
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Thanks, everyone!

Out of curiosity, is it possible to transplant an entire plant?
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Old Today, 09:49 PM
 
Location: British Columbia
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Thanks, everyone!

Out of curiosity, is it possible to transplant an entire plant?
How big is it?

It's possible but it can be a hassle. How successful the transplant will be will depend a lot on the age and size of the plant and how thick and extensive its root system is. Older, bigger rhodos have very extensive root systems so getting the entire root ball or extensive root system out intact and without a lot of damage is not easy to do by hand. It can be done by hand but it's a big job. It might be better to have the use of a mini-excavator, something like a Bobcat with a small backhoe attachment, to dig it and lift it out of the ground, and also to dig a big hole that the plant gets relocated to.

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