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Posted by Newt on May 22, 2003 at 00:24:18:

In Reply to: Moving- what can I dig up? posted by Misty on May 18, 2003 at 09:47:51:

: Hello,
: We are moving and I have a bunch of plants that I want to take with me, but I'm not sure if I would kill them by digging them up now, in late May. If it would kill them, I'll just leave them. Here are the plants I want to take with me: (I live in California and am moving locally)

: Gladiolas- 2nd year (this is their 2nd year in the ground)
: Irises- beaded
: Alstromeria- 2nd year
: Foxglove
: Garden Mums- 3rd year
: Gerbera Daisies- 3rd year
: Dahlia- 2nd year

:
: I also have a couple geraniums, but I'll take cuttings from them rather than dig them up- they're huge. But, I don't know how to do a cutting, can someone explain? Is it a root cutting or leaf cutting?

: I also have some Wisteria that I would love to propagate, but how?

: Thank you so much for any help you can give me. I'm so busy packing, that I don't have the time to do the extensive searching required. :)

Hi Misty,
Been there, done that but I live in zone 7. You don't say your zone and California has zones 4 to 11. That's quite a spread. If the temps are consistantly in the 80's and above, it's probably not safe to dig them up now, but it's worth a try. If that's not the case, water the day before you dig. Have your pots ready and try and dig early in the day or on a cloudy day. You can dig them all. I moved glads when they were 12" tall and they did just fine for me. Keep them in a shady spot in their pots and grouped together so they will retain more moisture.

For your geraniums, I'm thinking you mean pelargoniums and not hardy geraniums. Here's the how to on those.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/propagation/pelargonium_cuttings/pelargonium_cuttings1.shtml

For your wisteria.
http://www.rippingale.com/~meacham/wisfaq.html

Your iris may not bloom this year if you dig them now and they haven't bloomed yet. I'm in zone 7 and mine are blooming now.

If any plants are blooming, cut the flowers off before you dig. You don't need the plants putting energy into flowers when they will need that energy for the move. You may have to sacrifice blooms this year, but a gardener is always patient anyway. :)

Here's more sites that might be helpful.
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8700.html
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/greenhouse/ornamentals/prop.html
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06970.htm

Good luck with your move,
Newt

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