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Name: Kelly Shilliday
St. Louis (Zone 6b)
Kshil
Jun 19, 2016 12:20 PM CST
I have a gorgeous bleeding heart I'd like to transplant to another garden. Is it too late for St. Louis or can I wait until it goes dormant and transplant it then? Thanks.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 19, 2016 4:19 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Kshil !

I would wait until it goes dormant if you can. (If that's a problem, then I think you would be fine by cutting it back and transplanting it.) Smiling
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sallyg
Jun 20, 2016 6:26 AM CST
If it's been there a few years and done well, it can have a pretty impressive root system, tuberous like.. And don't they go dormant soon, when summer really hits? I'm not totally sure but they are pretty tough and I think you can move it. If it's still a baby, take more care.
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woofie
Jun 20, 2016 12:33 PM CST
I had a big bleeding heart that had been in it's spot for years that I had to move in late April due to some construction. We just dug it up as best we could and stuffed it into a large planter box where it sat for a couple of months till I could relocate it. It didn't do much the following year, but it has survived and continues to improve, and that was with some very rough treatment. It would, of course, be best to wait till it goes dormant, but if that's not possible, just dig up as much of the roots as you can and have the new spot dug and ready to receive it. Unless, as Sally mentioned, it's just a baby. Ours was huge.
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