Ask a Question forum: Old Bagged Compost : Wisteria Replant

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London UK
Oct 19, 2017 10:57 AM CST
1. Moving house & clearing out - have found old bags of earth - J.Innes; a mulch; seed compost. etc. Do these go off with time (10 years or more) - or just get better like maturing wine?

2. I am hoping to move and replant a much-loved, v.happy, 27 yr.old wisteria. I hope to dig up as much root as I can, with from 1 foot to c.4 feet of trunk. This can go in a big bag of damp earth and await new home in a few weeks.

All comment and advice gratefully appreciated.

Name: Porkpal
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Oct 19, 2017 11:44 AM CST
I'm sure the compost will be at least as good as ever. As for the wisteria - they are pretty hard to kill. I think your plan sounds good.
Name: Karen
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Oct 19, 2017 11:50 AM CST
I inherited a lot of bags of compost and soil from my mom, and they were all great, even thought they were at least 10 years old. I agree, you plan sounds good.
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London UK
Oct 19, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Thank you Porkpal and Plantmanager - both from far away Trumpland (oooops USA, I mean!) I am in London UK and really appreciate your speedy response and reassurance. M
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 20, 2017 7:48 AM CST
If it was me...

I think I'd attempt cuttings.

Wisteria roots when the vines touch soil.
Set some pots around the bush.... Let some vines root in the pots.

Wisteria has a root that goes down to the centre of the earth.... I don't know what results you are likely to see in attempting to dig this beast.... Top may not survive.... Good luck killing the root segments left behind...

Nobody can kill that stuff here.
London UK
Oct 20, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Thanks Stone. 'Fraid I'm too late (we move in 2 weeks) for vine rooting and cuttings - but helpful comments. M

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