perennials - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
August 1, 2007
Hi... I'm planning ahead and I would like to know when it is safe to transplant perennials this fall.
I'm in zone 5.

Also, can I transplant small Siberian Irises now?

Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
August 1, 2007


You can transplant your Siberian irises now and they shouldn't mind being moved. I always try to transplant my perennials when daytime temperatures remain below 80F but nighttimes are still above 50F. This way the plants won't have to deal with the heat while they are trying to re-establish their root systems, nor shiver in the cold. Late August or early September should be good times in your gardening region.

Best wishes with your new transplants!

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