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Re: CULT: Planting in Missouri

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 12/22/99 1:29:34 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
kurtzeman@uswest.net writes:

<<  I was talking of tall bearded. >>

Jeff, I'm hoping someone with more Missouri-specific information will pipe up 
for you,  but since the list is quiet I will offer some generalities. 

The guideline as I have learned it is that digging and dividing with replant 
to follow should occur in the period starting six weeks after bloom and 
ending six weeks before hard freeze. 

If you are planting rhizomes received from elsewhere they also need to be 
planted in plenty of time for them to become established before hard freeze. 
Rhizomes which have not gotten their roots down are vulnerable to being 
heaved, and are vulnerable to being frozen. 

If plants are dug too soon after bloom, the bloom of the subsequent year may 
be affected. If the rhizomes are planted at the end of the period I have 
described, there may be less bloom as well.  

So the optimum time is, in theory, six to ten weeks after bloom, with the 
acceptable time frame generally extending about a month longer, and longer 
still in warmer climates. In practice, people do the best they can and learn 
the limits in their own garden and their own growing season. I, for instance, 
loose the sun on one bed early in the autumn so I have learned to deal with 
that one sooner rather than later.    

In some situations this time frame will not be convenient, as when intense 
heat or drought is present, or when the bed is not ready, or when one is 
waiting for rhizomes to arrive from several places so as to plant them all at 
once. While TB rhizomes can be held out of the ground for several weeks with 
no ill effects, some people prefer to plant the rhizomes in pots, and 
transplant them into the garden at a more convenient time after their roots 
form. Some believe this gives rhizomes an especially good start. Potted 
plants should also be planted in time to settle in before the really severe 
weather arrives.

I hope this is of some help.

Anner Whitehead

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