Return to the New England Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Moving Astilbes and hostas?

Posted by mwood322 6 (My Page) on
Wed, May 9, 07 at 19:43

Last year we moved a grill and shaded some astilbes in one of our planting beds. They came back this year, but with barely 2 or 3 leaf sets, whereas another one we have with more light looks like a small bush.

If I'm fairly sure they're not going to bloom where they are anyway, is there any good reason to not move them now and give them the chance to recover with better light, rather than let them sit in the dark again and move them in fall when it seems to be recommended?

Same Question for some hostas, only they need to move due to being in a high traffic zone, and are barely up yet, just leaf spikes... If they stay they'll just get shredded again by the dogs.

Thanks,
--Mia


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

I have moved mature Astilbes mid-season with no great ill effect. Fear not! dig 'em, relocate 'em, and dont' give it a second thought.

If you put them into amended soil in a decent site, they thrive. Astilbe and Hosta are SURVIVORS.

(I love both of them!)


 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

Actually spring is a good time to divide or transplant
hostas, especially when they're just emerging. Same with
astilbe; spring is a good time for dividing/transplanting.
So go ahead and move them around--they're both very tough.
I actually divided/moved both astilbe and hosta in the
middle of the summer last year but they both took it well
and came back this spring with more vigor!


 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

Thanks, it seemed like moving them now was better, but everywhere I looked said move them in fall, but by fall they would all have been destroyed, or dead from lack of light.

--Mia


 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

Haven't grown Astilbe, but I can certainly assure that as long as you take normal care of a transplanted plant the Hostas will be just fine. Just make sure they stay hydrated until you can tell they've settled in and are putting out new growth in the new spot.


 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

If your astilbes are well established, dividing at the moment of moving will be beneficial for the plant.
Take a sharp knife and cut right in a middle of the hard woody center. Replant slightly deeper than it was originally and water. This time of the year should be no ill effect.


 o
RE: Moving Astilbes and hostas?

The astilbes are basically dying where they are, few leaves last year,a dn even less this year, and they haven't been in the ground more than two years, so I expect I won't have much to divide.

I'm gonna take pics before I move them then again later in the summer so I can be sure they got better rather than worse.

--Mia


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the New England Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here