Moving hostas now

tepelus(6a SW MI)January 28, 2013

Long story short, my boyfriend and I broke up, it was a mutual agreement, and he has agreed to allow me to come back in the spring to dig up whatever plants in the yard to take back up with me to Michigan and plant them in my mom's yard (where they'll actually be appreciated). The next few days are calling for temps in the 40's and 50's, so I was wondering if it'll be an okay idea to dig up a few of the hostas, in particular my mouse ears collection and any other small ones, pot them up and just keep them stored for the rest of the winter with my other potted hostas, that's if the ground is workable for me to do so. I have a lot of daylilies and hostas to move, so the more I can take now the fewer I'll have to dig and haul in the spring. Yay, or Nay?

Karen

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i doubt the ground will thaw...

my concern.. would be cut tissue.. thawing in spring ... and rotting in ice cold thawed soil ... before active growth could begin ... i made some big mistakes with such with too early mail order many moon ago ....

if it could be done.. without cutting roots.. like on the tiny ones ... it might work.. might even keep them in the veg crisper in the fridge ...

lots of theory.. but i would NOT bother ... in this season ... as i have NO experience in such..

besides.. its your prized mousers... do you really want to experiment on those???

ken

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:13AM
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tepelus(6a SW MI)

Sounds like I would be better off waiting. And besides, like you said, the ground probably wouldn't be thawed enough to do it anyway, maybe and inch down, but not down deep enough around all of the roots. Thanks Ken!

Karen

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:29AM
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