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Splitting roots when transplanting camelia susanqua?

18 years ago

I have a (beautiful) large overgrown Camelia (about 40 years old), close to the house and next to the front entrance. It rubs against the eaves and roof. It has to be moved!

I've been wary of trimming it (for 2 years) so as not to harm it. It's mid October here in Memphis and I'm going to root prune it now, (keeping it watered), and transplant after the last frost (March 1 ?). Any suggestions about transplanting would be appreciated.

My main question is:

Can I split the roots to make two (or six!) plants out of the one?

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