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Pansey Alabama. Everyon
Jul 15, 2017 7:14 PM CST
My daughter is coming the last of this month.( July) She wants to take some of our day lilies back home with her. From Al to NC. How should we go about moving them. Should we dig up/ separate / wash them off or what?
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Jul 15, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Yes, dig up the clump, or at least enough of it so you can get a nice big division. Four or five fans of leaves is a nice healthy start, if you have a big clump.

Water them really deeply first, though. They will separate much more nicely if you do. A couple of digging forks make a handy separating device, placed back to back and just lever them apart. Come to think of it, I got that idea off this video by Martha Stewart

Once you have your divisions, put them in pots (or plastic bags will work if you don't have pots) with some moist potting soil and the leaves sticking out, for her to transport them home. This way they won't tend to get dried out and die on her in transit.

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You don't even need to pot them. If she is driving home, just in a bag and then give them a good soaking when she gets home and either pot them up or plant in the ground. They are tough. I once had a shipment that took 3 weeks in transit. They looked ratty but all survived.
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