The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Perennials To A Different Climate Zone

Question: I am moving from a climate zone 4 to a climate zone 8 in Dec./Jan. time frame. I would like to take with me my favorite( first year) perennials that I purchased from Burpee this past Spring. These perennials include: Hollyhock, Foxglove, Coneflower, Russian Sage, a climbing rose and several climbing vines. My question is can I uproot these plants before a hard freeze and store in the winter without any loss? If so, what is the best method for storing? And, when should they be planted?

Answer: Your plants could be allowed to go dormant with the season, then dug and potted up and kept in a very cool location until the move. You will need to keep them cool so they don't try to launch into full growth while they are in the pots. When you move, plant them as soon as possible. The weather in most parts of zone 8 should be very mild and quite cool, so the plants should be able to settle in and reawaken gently. You might shade them lightly at first if you are in an area with warmer winter weather, however.

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