How to Transplant Sarcococca

Sarcococca is sometimes called a "Sweet Shrub" and can tend to grow very large in size as the plant matures. Transplant Sarcococca with help from a landscape designer and horticulture writer in this free video clip.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Marci Degman, The Aspiring Gardener, and today we're going to transplant Sarcococca. Now Sarcococca is sometimes called Sweet Shrub and this is a large Sarcococca here. You can see it's got wonderful glossy evergreen leaves. It gets little white flowers up and down the leaf axles. In February it smells fantastic and then it gets little black berries and what happens is the blackberries drop and little tiny plants start underneath my main plant. So what I did was I moved the little seedlings elsewhere to grow and what I have today is some little seedlings that actually grew from my larger plant and what I want to do with these little seedlings is I want to put them in this bare spot here to fill in my hedge of Sarcococca. It's gotten kind of thin in here. So I'm going to take these little seedlings back and put them in here. Now there's nothing to transplanting them. They have a nice little root system. They are super tough. They don't need a lot of water. The main thing you want to remember is to plant Sarcococca in the shade. If it's getting too much sun, here I'm getting a little filtered sun but this is about all it gets all day and it's shady most of the time. They will turn very yellow and very sickly looking in the sun so it is a shade shrub. It's about a three foot shrub. It's a wonderful, wonderful plant. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to plant these in here so that they can fill in this bare spot for me. And I just have to pull that soil out. Now, if you buy a Sarcococca in a gallon size, there's no difference, just a bigger hole. And that's how you transplant a Sarcococca.

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