Transplanting Murraya | How to Transplant Your Murraya

You can grow your murraya from cuttings or seeds, or you can buy them from nurseries.

Whichever method you choose, you need to transplant your murraya, orange jessamine, orange jasmine, or mock orange to a flowerbed in your garden or their positions as murraya hedge.

Taking Murraya Out of a Pot for Transplanting
Transplanting Murraya

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Ideal Time to Transplant Murraya

The ideal time to transplant your murraya cuttings, seedlings, or young plants is in autumn because it is the best time to plant a murraya hedge.

You can also plant them in late spring if the murraya plant is not mature enough to be planted in autumn.

Transplanting Murraya

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Transplanting in the Garden

Prepare the Site

Make sure to choose a site that is ideal for murraya growth—full sun. Murraya can tolerate part shade, but make sure that it can still get at least 6 hours of sun each day.

Before transplanting, prepare the site by removing weeds, rocks and other debris. Work the soil properly. You may need to add peat or some sand if your soil is too compact, as murraya likes well-drained soil.

Murraya Spacing

Before removing your murraya plant from its container, make sure to prepare the planting holes. The holes should be about 24 inches (60 cm) deep, and approximately twice as wide as the root ball.

If you are planting a murraya hedge, space them out evenly. Check out our guide on the ideal murraya hedge spacing to know more about the proper spacing for your murraya hedge.

Prepare the Murraya Plant for Transplanting

If you are transplanting a murraya plant that grew on the ground and not in a container, wet the soil of the murraya a few days before digging it out for transplanting.

Dig a trench at least 12 inches (30 cm) away from the trunk of the murraya plant and dig down to at least 24 inches (60 cm). Carefully remove the plant with its root ball intact.

If transplanting murraya from a container, wet the soil first before removing the plant from the pot or container. Take care not to damage the roots.


Once you have the murraya plants and the planting soil ready, carefully place the murraya into the hole.

Backfill the hole and make sure that your murraya plant is stable.

What to Do After Transplanting the Murraya

Water the transplanted murraya thoroughly.

You can lightly mulch around the murraya if it is too hot to help keep the moisture in the soil. Make sure that the mulch around your murraya does not touch the main trunk.

You may skip mulching, but make sure to water them deeply and regularly until established. You may need to water your newly-planted hedge about once or twice a week, depending on the weather. After that, water once in a while. Click here to find out how to water your murraya hedge properly.

To find out more about how long it will take for your murraya hedge or plant to grow from young plants to its full size, please visit our guides on murraya growth rate and height.

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