transplanting

jaco42(z5NEOhio)August 18, 2010

I live in Northheast Ohio and have 2 Hellebores that I would like to move. They would be going from basically the same conditions in the new spot as they are now and should have plenty of time to settle in before cold weather starts.Was just wondering if spring would be better for them, because they were gifts and they are special to me. Any advice would be much appreciated.Thank you.

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ladywindsurfer(Z7 SE)

Select a cool, overcast day and move them.
Dig as much soil with roots, as you can safely manage, to avoid disturbing the roots. They hate that and will sulk, with foliage on the ground, for several days after the move.
If the soil is rather dry, water them well the previous day, so the soil will cling together and to the roots.
Be sure that the soil level of the transplanted rootball is slightly higher than the surrounding soil, to allow for settling.
Water in well and allow the soil to dry for a day, then add mulch to keep the soil moist (not damp or soggy).
They should settle in and bloom on time this winter (or spring)!

I have moved dozens, of many species, without a failure.
Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 5:16PM
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jaco42(z5NEOhio)

Thank you Ladywind, I will take care of them tomorrow
Jack

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 4:43PM
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