Transplanting Mayapple

karate626(7A Maryland)May 22, 2011

I live in a wooded area and have a lot of invasive wild roses, poison ivy, and Virgina creeper (which I love) as ground covers. I want to create a more manicured woodland without as many plants I have to avoid touching. My Grandmother also owns a wooded area with mayapple growing wild. I think it looks great and it is native to my area. She has a very healthy and established colony of it. What would be the best way to introduce it to my yard? Just dig up a few clumps and planted it in areas where I have removed my invasive? How can I increase its spreading speed? I would like it to colonize my woodland undergrowth and prevent other weeds from sprouting.

Thanks for any advice!


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lycopus(z5 NY)

They transplant easily. Can do it anytime and the clumps can be divided.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 11:59AM
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Lycopus is correct. Just be aware that usually they go dormant in the summer, you will have a bare patch thru the summer months. Mine are almost gone now.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 9:25AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Mine just finished blooming about a week ago and are working on producing fruit. If not overly hot and dry, they last about half way through the summer here so how long they are visible in your woodland garden is very location dependent.

Give the mayapple enough room to spread into a nice round colony. They look the best and grow most happily in large groups.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 3:29PM
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karate626(7A Maryland)

Thanks for the info guys! I'm still not clear on when is the best time to transplant!


    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 6:14PM
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