The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Chrysanthemums

Question: Transplanting mums is ordinarily a simple task, but the species that I have present me with a problem. Both have been in the ground 3-4 years. Both are woody plants unlike the ordinary mum.
1. Nipponicum-Nippon Daisy-Sometimes called Montauk Daisies. This is especially woody and I fear that if I remove it will fall apart. The wood is mostly in the center. It is a beautiful plant with handsome leaves.
2. Pacificum- this too is a woody plant but not as woody as above. Its a beautiful plant with narrow silver band around the leaves.

Answer: The Montauk Daisy could be propagated by cuttings or by taking smaller divisions from the outer edge of the plant, you can do this without digging up the entire plant. When the center becomes woody it tends to lose vigor anyway, so taking smaller pieces is not such a bad idea. Then if you need to remove the main plant you can do so without fearing a total loss. Pacificum seems to runner underground, so finding a new shoot and tracing back along the underground stem for a ways should result in a very vigorous new plant. I have also had success with this one by digging up seemingly random clumps (dig down at least a shovel's depth and at least as wide without disrupting the surface) and replanting immediately into good soil, then keeping the transplants moist until they seem to be established.

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