when to move my plants

louisianagal(z7bMS)July 26, 2010

If you were going to move 2 somewhat small forsythia shrubs (about 2-3 ft high but narrow) when would be the best time to move them? I'm not planning to do it in the heat of the summer, but considering they bloom in early spring, when?

Same for some grasses and sedges that are in the border, I am thinking in winter when they are dormant, since I cut them back in early spring?

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ianna(Z5b)

The shrubs should be moved in the fall when the plants go dormant. this way, they won't even know they've been moved because their roots were 'asleep' at the time.

As for grasses - same thing, although I have moved mine in spring when they were just coming up. No harm done then. it is said though for the miscanthus that i'd need to move this in early summer. I've not done anything yet with this behemoth of a grass but will try to do something soon since it is getting far too big for it's space.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 9:52AM
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scully931(6)

Was just wondering the same thing myself. Perennials such as catmint and coneflowers too? Should I cut them back first?

(Sorry... don't mean to hijack your thread. Seems silly to start another about the same thing) :-)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 12:40PM
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ianna(Z5b)

let the coneflowers go into dormancy and by then its safe to cut back. Same thing with the catmint. Then dig out the plant complete with a good root ball. Then transplant.

BTW - the shrubs should be dug up with a good root ball. Helps because the roots would be undisturbed

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 5:46PM
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