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Transplant now?

Posted by tomahawkclaim sw PA 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 27, 11 at 11:50

Since roots are growing now, is it a good time to transplant? Nance


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RE: Transplant now?

Some say yes, but with the heat that's about to hit your area, I'd say NO!

Since there's still a good amount of growing season left for you in PA, I'd say to wait until a bit after the heat of the summer has passed, otherwise, your plants are gonna look ratty for the rest of the season. AND you'll have to water a LOT more just to make sure the roots don't dry out.

Having moved plants summer, spring and fall, I'd say my preference is spring, when the pips are sticking up a few inches, but leaves have not yet unfurled. It's my opinion that they have a chance to get settled a bit before the heat makes it tough on them!


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RE: Transplant now?

move them any time you want...with lots of water after ...

use that brilliant post about moving fully leafed out hosta ..

DO NOT CONFUSE MOVING a hosta.. with dividing it ...

moving a hosta.. with roots near intact ... means the hosta will barely notice..

and yes.. since its root growing time.. why not ..

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link


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I have moved quite a few during this July,despite the heat,and so far,they are surviving. I have to keep watering them well,though. Phil


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Plus you will have a free sauna when digging and moving big ones during the heat. An outside shower would help tremendously then.


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I've been moving them right up until the heat became unbearable. (For me, not the hostas)
A little crisping, but not bad. I probably would have held off if I had been moving them to a sunny spot, tho. Mine went in more shade than they have been used to, so I figured that would help them, too.


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If you need more reinforcement for moving hostas now I'll add my 2 pennies. I used a filed 14' boat, a filled pickup bed and still needed the backseat of a car to get about 16 mature hostas moved 550 miles from northern Arkansas to Illinois and never lost a plant. It was in the 90's temp-wise. Once at their new home all I could do was dig quick holes, stomp the plants in, and water like crazy. In a week they may have looked a little ragged but not bad. My S&S had the hardest time-it made the trip in the boat inside a clear plastic bag (with holes in it to keep it from getting steamed) to keep the wind from tearing up the leaves. The next spring I started top dressing etc.

Les


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I once transplanted 4' tall okra plants in the middle of an Oklahoma summer. My neighbor thought I was nutz but the okra lived and thrived. Screened them with burlap for about a week and wet the burlap several times a day (hot dry winds).

Anyway, they're hosta & they'll survive but if you want to keep them looking good for this summer, anything you can do to create a little microclimate around them will help. Old window screens, burlap over tomato cages...you get the idea...anything that helps screen part of the light, lower the temp & keeps the humidity at high levels around the plant for a couple of weeks.


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