Photo of Peach-Leaved Bellflower (Campanula persicifolia): Best transplant timing for this spring?

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Eastern Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
Jan 27, 2017 7:53 AM CST
The plant in this photo is the first I transplanted (in spring 2016) and most successful transplant (quantity of flowers all summer). But it was also the most developed at the time of transplant (first bud was starting to open to a flower). The others were transplanted over the next several days, but were a week or more earlier in development (buds, but not near to opening).

Does the transplant timing matter and if so, which way?

I would guess this one did better after transplant because it was stronger before transplant (not because of the late timing relative to development). I would guess transplanting earlier would work better. But if someone has better than guesses about it, I'd like to do better next spring.

One of the two places I transplanted to in spring 2016 (where this plant is) did well. The other not so well. In both places, I'd like a larger number of campanula.

I took the best of the volunteers from all around the yard for transplant last year. The younger plants (not flowering last year, but look in the winter now like they would flower next spring) scattered around are fewer (and maybe weaker) than the ones I transplanted before, so I need to do a better job next time.

None of the seeds I planted outdoors in July ever sprouted. I expect the ones I planted in November will sprout in the spring and maybe flower as soon as the spring 2018 (though 2019 seems more likely). The ones I am starting indoors are growing super slowly, so flowering spring 2018 seems optimistic for those as well. So transplanting "volunteers" seems to be the more realistic way of building up two clusters of these.
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I noticed you have added several comments to your photos. Not too many cruise the Plant Photos forum, which is where threads are started when someone posts a comment on a photo in the database.

The best place to ask your detailed questions is in the Ask a Question forum.
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