Move plants When…???
Hi everyone Kevin here from Back Road Growers…. it’s time to start looking at your garden beds to see if you want to move anything to a new area…. I know we all think about it all winter and then before you know it it’s summer and … Toooo Late… the plants start growing and you hear yourself saying I’ll do it next year.... Let me save you the trouble of waiting another year…
First make sure you’re doing this at the right time of the year the window is short for transplanting…
Most people are really confused by when you can, can’t, should or shouldn’t transplant things. And to make matters worse, there is a lot of gardening folk lore that isn’t quite right and just helps to confuse people.
This is what I do, first take a look around the yard and make a note of what you might want to move, make certain you note it on paper… then, take your time reviewing it … is that where you really want top it the plant... I don’t know it’s your garden… so make sure you map it out on paper.
Now remember, if you are going to move a few plants you have to wait till they go dormant that’s why I say to Map it out on paper … Then just wait till the plants go Dormant because cutting roots or digging a plant out of the ground can be devastating for the plant. That’s why timing is everything...
You have to wait until after your plants have frozen really hard at least once before you can transplant them.. That really hard freeze actually triggers plant dormancy.
Most plants cannot be dug when they are actively growing. It really can
Kill them…. So you have to wait until they go dormant. That happens around
Thanksgiving. And that’s the beginning of transplanting season. So all winter long it’s actually safe to transplant trees, shrubs and evergreens as long as it’s above freezing…. If it’s below 32 degrees F you don’t want bare roots exposed to freezing air. Above 32 degrees? Transplant away.
If you wait to long and March/April arrive might be to late... Once it starts warming up and plants put out new leaves, its game over until fall. That’s right. Once plants start growing in the spring you should not dig them and transplant them. You’re safe right up until the new leaves appear and unfold. At that point you have to quit digging.
Are there exceptions to this rule? Yes, of course there are. Some perennials, especially daylilies can be dug and relocated in the middle of summer. They are tough little plants... You shouldn’t move them in the spring when they first start growing, but later in the summer they can handle it.
Evergreens? It’s best to move them when they are dormant. Trees and shrubs? They need to be dormant. So grab your spade and start digging!
Hope this helps...
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