The Q&A Archives: Transplant Plants

Question: I have some ornamental grasses and other annuals that need to be thinned out. I have a friend who is wanting to transplant them in her yard. When is the best time of the year to do this? We live in SW Kansas.

Answer: Are you sure your plants are annuals? If so, they are only going to live another 6-8 weeks so transplanting them will only give your friend a few weeks of ownership before they set seeds and die. Transplanting in mid-summer can be quite stressful on plants, especially on annuals. If the plants are perennials and if you move them with care, they should be okay. That means covering the roots with dampened newspapers as soon as they come out of the ground and getting them back into the ground as soon as possible. Be sure to water them well after transplanting, and expect some wilting and yellowing before the roots become established in their new homes. Once they're established they should perk right up.

Best wishes with your garden!

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