Re: Moving in October
In a message dated 8/2/2006 9:08:27 P.M. Central Standard Time,
<<Its about 80 miles form our current location, so I'll transport them in the
trunk of the car. >>
Charlie, I'm in zone 6 so our conditions are quite different. Don't know if
what I have to offer is valid.
I've planted bared root in oct/early nov without problems. In 2003, I moved
to my current spot and couldn't get the man with the tractor to understand I
needed to plant THEN. It was late (Oct) before I could start and I planted
right up till Thanksgiving.
If planted bare root, the rhizomes can heave out of the ground with a
freeze. This can be deadly as the rhizome will be left sticking up in the air. In
parts of the country where the ground freezes, we typically check the
planting regularly and 'stomp' irises back into the ground so they make contact
with the soil. Most winters it's not a problem.
I once moved an entire planting, 200 or so clumps, in March during a snow!
We cut about 8 inches out from the clump and lifted the whole thing with a
shove. We had a pickup truck and rowed the clumps up in the back of the
pickup. We were about 5 miles away and it took several trips. We'd opened up
trenches in the new garden with a tractor and just set the clumps down into the
trenches and pulled the dirt back around them. Most bloomed two months later.
If you don't cross them, you'll won't have to plant them! Bah! Humbug!! Hot
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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