Hi Boodely, I know you posted this awhile ago, so you may have already moved your plants. I kinda think it partly depends on how small your plants are. They’re gearing up to bloom right about now and throwing every ounce of energy into those developing buds.
If they’re really small and not established yet, you can likely move them without too much shock to the system…rhodies and azaleas are fairly forgiving in my experience. If you suspect that in moving them you’re going to do any kind of root damage, I’d honestly wait until early Fall. By Fall the big job of blooming will be done, the high heat and stress of summer will be passed, and it will give them time to re-establish before going completely dormant in winter.
When you do decide to move them, give them lots of organic matter, test the soil if you haven’t to make sure it’s on the acidic side, and give them an occasional drink of water to help get them settled!
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