The Q&A Archives: Best Times to Move Plants

Question: I started a new perennial garden last year and wasn't happy with the placement of some plants. When is the best time to move them and will transplanting second year plants inhibit flowering on the perennials that didn't flower in their first year. (shasta daisy and potentilla). Steve Bechtel Levittown, PA

Answer: The optimum time for moving plants is in the early fall..but you can move them also in early spring before growth begins. If you include enough of the root ball (thus not destroying the tiny root hairs which do most of the work in water uptake), the plant will suffer very little shock. If you can't do this, then the plant will suffer some shock and may or may not bloom after transplanting.

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