Baptisia

hammerhuggerJune 9, 2005

I planted a lot of Baptisia seed last year and I think they have come up but am not sure what they look like as a young plant. They are about 4 to 5 inches high and are kind of crowded in the area they are in. Would it be possible to carefully dig some up and start in pots? Would they keep over the winter indoors in a sunny window? Or should I transplant them outdoors? They have an oval but slightly rounded leaf on the end. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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uicricket(z5 IA)

Yep, that's baptisia. They always look crowded when they first come up and then fan out at the top. I have two plants that have been in the ground for about 4 years. Unfortunately, they have never done much - probably the location. I hope you have better luck with yours.

They don't like to be transplanted. If you're going to try be sure not to break off the tap root and don't disturb the roots too much.

I'm an amature but maybe someone else will have better suggestions for you.

Cricket

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 10:33AM
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jspece(Josh - z4 IA)

Baptisia is a wonderful plant, but like Cricket said, they do not transplant well once they are established. I would move them now directly to the garden where you want them to grow.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 6:16PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

And they will not survive the winter on a sunny window sill.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 12:37PM
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