Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

paulsiu(5a)July 4, 2011

I have several perennials that appeared to have planted in wrong spots:

Yellow coneflower - not growing, perhaps root competition

Red type of blackeye susan - planted in area that became too shady.

I like to transplant them to a different spot in the garden, but right now the temperature is like 95 F outside. Should I move them to a different spot now or should I move them to a container and place it in an area that's bright but with no direct sun and transplant them if they get stronger.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
laceyvail(6A, WV)

Moving to a container is transplanting. Either leave them where they are and move in fall, or move them to their permanent new homes, shade them for a few days and don't let them dry out.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 5:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terrene(5b MA)

I just moved some Daylilies the other day. BUT - it's not 95 degrees here and Daylilies are very rugged. Also the Lilacs were engulfing them, so they were growing poorly where they were. I expect they will still bloom a little, but the foliage will probably look like crap for the rest of the season.

You could try transplanting them, try to get as much soil and disturb the roots as little as possible. And as lacey says, shade them and water well.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 8:42AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

If you want to move them now, you can use a lawn chair or laundry basket for shade. Don't let them dry out.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 12:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

My thought is if a plant isn't doing well I might as well move it now and spend the time caring for it in the new location instead of trying to nurse it along in the old location.

If you a concerned about the transplanted one surviving you can try to take just a piece from the edge leaving the original plant mostly unaffected.

As always, zonal differences apply. While it gets hot and humid here in the summer we don't have the same sun effect as those in the South.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 2:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Almost everything I plant is conditional on how it performs, and is always subject to moving. I have learned not to base my decision on the first year performance. I give it three years to reach its maximum, then I will move it, if need be, but in the right time of the year. Al

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 8:51AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions last! Snowdrops!
I was just looking out the living room window, wondering...
woodyoak zone 5 Canada
lost blooms on azalea and hydrangea
It got below freezing last night and today I noticed...
Why all the old stuff?
I'm curious--why am I seeing so many resurrected posts...
Kirstin Zone 5a NW Chicago
Welcome spring...
I usually spend most of my time on the Roses Forum...
Does Anyone Do Mixed Perennial Containers For The Deck/Patio?
As opposed to annuals? I've been seeing some pretty...
Sponsored Products
Remer by Nameeks LI37US Shower Column - REMER LI37US
$857.00 | Hayneedle
Tara Brushed Steel Semiflush or Pendant Light
Euro Style Lighting
Navy Hotel New York Solid Sheet Set
$24.99 | zulily
Futura Bull's-Eye Vase
$170.00 | Horchow
Woven Leather Rug 5' x 8'
$799.00 | Horchow
Girona Table Lamp
$255.00 | Horchow
52" Minka Aire Concept White Outdoor Ceiling Fan
Lamps Plus
American Drew Grand Isle 7 piece Rectangle Dining Set - ADL4263
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™