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Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

Posted by paulsiu IL (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 4, 11 at 2:12

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.


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RE: Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

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.

RE: Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

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.

RE: Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

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

RE: Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

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.

RE: Moving Perennials that aren't doing well

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

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