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Perennials: Need to transplant, but when???

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martyR
Munster, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 3, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9294930

I have a Holly Hock, which volunteered, and a balloon flower that I planted thinking the seedling was something else. What it the best way to relocate them in my garden, and can I do it now, or is it best to wait until spring? The Holly Hock was such a surprise, it just sprouted in September and is blooming now! I had them in a container last summer [ 2011] I know that they aren't actually perennials, but since they do re-seed...
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2012
2:16 PM

Post #9294966

Balloon flowers are almost impossible to transplant unless it is in a container. It has a root like a carrot, and unless you get it intact you will kill it.

Now, I found some balloon flower seedlings near my old plants, and since they were very small I was able to reach entirely under them with a trowel and get them out. And if your is in a container you can easily transplant them. But if they are even three inches tall it is too late to move them.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9297126

I transplanted 4 balloon plants just a couple of weeks ago, when logic would tell me that it was way too hot. I did, however, take plenty of soil and the rootball was intact. I suppose that is some advantage of having hard clay soil. (Even though I amend it a lot...) Anyway, they are thriving and did not even wilt.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #9297258

You got the rootball! Bravo!
martyR
Munster, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #9299795

Well I guess I'll give it a try with the balloon flower. It is too small to be seen where it is now, and I have been able to collect some seed from it to plant in the new location also, so hopefully one or more of them will survive! I want to move them to where my blue balloon flowers are currently. They have done very well, see the pictures.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9299999

Oh, my goodness, yes they have. They are gorgeous!

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