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Question: My sister just gave us a large quantity of Black Eyed Susan's from here garden.They looked as if they were just about done blooming for the year. We pulled them out of the ground, trying very hard to take root's with them. We re-planted them in our yard yesterday & I must say, they look pretty sad.My husband put in new top soil plus plant food in the hole's as he planted them. We watered them with a very light mist, so not to up root the root's. I would like to know if you think they will come back next year? As I said, they don't look to healthy right now but they are still standing, droopy, but standing. I hope we did the right thing in waiting until this time of year for transplanting them. We planted at least 30 of them, alot of work but well worth it if they take. I would like your opinion. Thank you & have a wonderful day !..Mrs. Stearn

Answer: When transplanting, it is usually preferable to water the day before and trim the plant back, then dig the plant with soil around its roots; this minimizes transplant shock. One they are replanted, water as needed to keep the soil evenly damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet/saturated and not dried out. The light waterings are not enough to soak the roots. I would suggest you give them a slow, thorough, deep soaking. Then use your finger to dig into the soil and see when you need to water again; if it still feels damp, do not water yet. Then mulch around them to help keep the soil moist. Also trim them back to remove the taller flowering stems; you should have only basal foliage. It may take them a week or two to perk up. Good luck!

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