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PA (Zone 6a)
May 18, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Has anyone ever tried transplanting spiderwort when it has already started blooming? I promised some to a friend, but had health problems in the spring, so I couldn't divide it. It's already has many buds and a few blooms. Would it be foolish to try and divide it now? thanks for your help!!
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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May 18, 2016 3:13 PM CST
It would be better to wait for it to finished blooming. but I don't think it will hurt to do it now.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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May 18, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Like Heath said, it's best to wait until they finish blooming for most plants, but I doubt that it would hurt to do it now. Spiderworts are very aggressive and will not likely be hurt by dividing while blooming. I dig them up and throw them on the ground and all I succeed in doing is making more plants.

Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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May 18, 2016 4:54 PM CST
You won't hurt it at all, just dig very deeply to get entire root systems. Less disturbance = easier recovery. When you get a chunk dug up, the individuals should fall apart from each other easily.

This is why one can't just pull a wayward spiderwort, must be dug:
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They look cut-off because they were. DH got sick of mowing around them and I told him to mow them & then they'd be easier to move, which was true. I've also moved many un-mowed, blooming plants, and degree of disturbance combined with length of time out of the ground determines how quickly they recover. Water gently but thoroughly after replanted.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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May 18, 2016 6:46 PM CST
I agree. You won't hurt it at all

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