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Moving Plants

June 17th, 2010

One of the things I love about gardening is how easy it is to move things around if you’re not happy with the placement of a plant or if a plant is not doing well in it’s current location. I often move plants, especially hostas. I have a shady flowerbed at the side of the house that is a hosta farm. I plants hosta seedlings there that pop up around the garden. I let them grow for a year or two and then I move them to a more permanent location.

I also move plants that are not doing well in their current location, perhaps the soil is too rich, too poor, too wet, too dry, or maybe it’s too sunny or too shady. Most plants seem to be happy with a move, they may be wilted for a few days, but most bounce back quickly (with the exception to peonies that don’t like being moved).

Do you ever move plants around?

16 Comments to “Moving Plants”
  1. Kay on June 17, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Are you kidding, I am Queen of moving plants around in my area ;) MOF, I have the hostas that I need to move, but that will not happen until next Spring. My veggie garden is taking up too much of my time right now.

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  2. pam on June 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

    All the time! Hosta is also our favorite to move and to grow! We never buy hostas anymore, just dig them up, divide them, and start a new bed!
    .-= pam´s last blog ..PFA – A Public Foodie Announcement =-.

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  3. Tree on June 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Do Hostas love shade? I have some semi shade, semi sun areas at the back of the house that I would love to put some rain water gardens in. Not sure what to put there, so any shade loving plants (and any with color) would be great. Thanks
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..Neglected Duties and Burn Out! =-.

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    • Susy on June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Yes, hostas LOVE shady areas. They get burnt in the sun. Astilbe would also love a shady wetter area, as would goat’s beard.

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  4. Dave on June 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    All the time! I’m not sure any gardener can always find the perfect spot. Either we change our minds or the plant doesn’t do well and needs moved.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Touring a Hosta Garden =-.

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  5. Sense of Home on June 17, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I did a lot of moving around this spring due to our enlarging the garden. Everything survived very well. The one plant that was moved more than any other was the mint. I moved it three times and never once did it look worse for the wear.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..A Garden Visitor =-.

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  7. Turling on June 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I do move plants, but sometimes need to keep myself in check. If I don’t, I could end up moving the same plant half a dozen times, which from experience does not do good things for the plant.
    .-= Turling´s last blog ..I’m at a Loss…Again =-.

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  8. Kjirsti on June 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Yeah, I moved my peonies last year and they didn’t bloom last year? Anyway to reverse that? I’ve moved tons of hostas! I love how easily they split and how happily they adapt to their new environment. With the cooler day today I moved two azaleas this morning!
    .-= Kjirsti´s last blog ..Analyzing ones gardens =-.

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    • Susy on June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      They’ll probably bloom soon. They really don’t like being moved and it takes them a while to bounce back.

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  9. Mrs. Mac on June 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I just extricated some type of small rose vine I found growing in my peony plant … placing it near the garden fence .. hoping it will do something .. we’ll see.
    .-= Mrs. Mac´s last blog ..Waiting (less) Patiently For Summer =-.

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  10. Amy on June 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I do move things……oftentimes…….daylilies……..daffodils…….peonies……phlox…usually due to crowding…..sometimes for color clashes…….:)

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  11. Conny on June 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I must be the only one who doesn’t move plants around – I’m too chicken, worried they will die. I have a close friend who moves them all the time with great success. She even sells her plants when they don’t suit her garden any more.

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  12. MAYBELLINE on June 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Moving plants is something I try to avoid. So far, so good.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Lantana =-.

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  13. WiderSky on June 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    We just moved a hosta which had been growing successfully in a pot into a shady bed, along with a hydrangea. Both seem to be fine so far. Plants are so forgiving.

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    • Susy on June 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      I have a HUGE hydrangea that needs moved, it’s as tall as I am and about 5 ft wide. It was planted by the original owners of the house way too close to the house (not even 1 ft away) and really, really needs to be moved. It’s such a huge plant I’ve never gotten up the energy to move it yet.

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