Re: can I move my perenial bed to a new house?

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Posted by Newt on September 07, 2002 at 09:52:33:

In Reply to: can I move my perenial bed to a new house? posted by Juli S. on September 06, 2002 at 15:57:54:

: I'm movimg to a new house, and I'd like to take some of my perenials with me, but I'm not sure if they'll survive the move or not. I have "summer wine" day lillies, lavender "bushes", some beautiful blue larkspur that bloomed forever this summer,and some kind of orange lillies that have small pointed leaves running all the way up the stems..can I move them in September- October... in Ohio?( and if so,how do I give them the best chance of surviving)? Any imput would be much appreciated...

Hi Juli,

You sure can!! I did it with 500 pots! Here's what you need to do. Get yourself lots of nursery pots in different sizes. Usually the 1 gallon, 2 gallon and even 3 gallon sizes are good. You might need a few quart pots for anything really small. If your soil is in really good shape and has been amended with lots of compost, you can use just that for your plants. If not, either mix some compost and perlite into it for the pots or use a good potting soil WITHOUT fertilizer in it. You don't want to stimulate new top growth in the fall, especially since the plants will be a bit stressed by the move. You can mix in some rock phosphate to the mix as well as this will help to stimulate root growth. It would also be a good idea to mix that into the new beds as well.

Cut back anything that you can that has finished blooming so the diminished root system won't have to support all that top growth. Things like the larkspur you could cut back by half.

If possible, prepare the new planting bed with lots of compost so you can plop them right in. If not, you can bury the pots up to their rims in a temporary new bed and leave them for the winter. Just make sure that there is good drainage. That's what I did and I'm in zone 7 in Maryland. Actually, some are still in the ground in pots since last fall and are doing fine. They should get their permanent homes this fall.

Congrats on your new home and good luck with your move. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.


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