balloon flowers - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
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Question by dfgquilter
July 8, 2010
Will balloon flowers do OK on the North side of my house?
They will get 1/2 day of sun.
If so, when can I transplant them?
Is it difficult with their long tap root?
Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
Balloon flowers are difficult to transplant because of their long taproots. If your plants are in containers transplanting shouldn't be too difficult but if they are planted in the ground in another location of your garden, digging and moving them may not be so successful. You can try, though. Thoroughly wet the area the day before the planned move. Moist soil is easier to dig and moist soil will tend to cling to the roots. Dig a very generous hole and dig very deep. The taproot can be as long as the plant is high. Try to move the entire mass of soil, including the plant, all at once. The less you disturb the soil and roots, the better chance your balloon flower has to make it. Water it in well after the move. Best wishes with your plants.

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