Thinning and transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mbillet
January 20, 2011
When can irises be thinned and transplanted? Also, can a Norfolk Pine that has always been in the house be planted outdoors. I live in the Hampton Roads, VA area. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2011
Irises are typically thinned in late August, after they have finished blooming. If you dig them in the early spring they may not flower for you the same year. If you can, wait until late August and thin them out then. Norfolk Island Pines are not winter hardy in your growing region so i wouldn't recommend planting yours outdoors. It will be damaged in temperatures below 40F. You can take it outside during the spring and summer months so it can enjoy the summer weather, but you'll need to take it back indoors in the fall so it can winter over inside. Best wishes with your garden!

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