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Re: Moving large hosta

  • Subject: Re: Moving large hosta
  • From: michael shelton <wilddog_202@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 17:32:13 -0700 (PDT)

in response to many on this thread;

next years plant is in this this years roots, if u
remove leaves then they will STOP making next years
roots and the roots will start to make new leaves now,
again taking away from the roots. any root cut off and
left in the ground is part of next years plant. the
splitting, cutting, (any form of damaging the roots)
of root balls reccomended with some trees and shrubs
is not appropriate for perennials.

if all that is true then getting the most roots out of
the ground is best for next year. dig a very large
hole then start to wash the dirt off of the roots,
while the plant is still sitting in the ground, which
will make less dirt which is the heavy part. now leave
it there until the water drains out of the hole and do
it again until u get tired of washing the dirt off.

the method i use for dividing plants that are in the
ground is to wash as close to 100% of the dirt off
which makes dividing easier without damaging roots.

--- Bill Meyer <njhosta@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Phil,
>        I'm assuming your priority is maintaining the
> size of the plants. I
> would tie the leaves up as Andrew suggested. This
> will make them fairly easy
> to handle, but won't do any harm. It sounds like you
> can't plant them at
> their new location this year. That being the case,
> dig so as to keep as many
> roots as possible and keep the roots from drying
> out. Spray them and wrap
> wet newspaper around them and put them into garbage
> bags. If you replant
> before they suffer too much stress from drying, they
> should come up next
> year as if they weren't moved. Keeping the roots of
> all plants from drying
> out when they are out of the soil can have an
> important impact on how well
> they grow after transplanting.
>         If you have a number of these to move but
> can't plant them at the
> new site, pots aren't the best answer. Some plants
> don't overwinter that
> well in pots to begin with, and plants dug from the
> ground and potted are
> even more at risk. I think your best bet would be to
> find a spot which you
> won't be using for garden beds in the first year.
> Arrange for some soil to
> be delivered. If you have voles there, lay some
> hardware cloth/ratwire down
> and turn the edges up. Place the plants within the
> wire cages (or just on
> the ground if no voles) and use the new soil to fill
> in above them. These
> should do as well as if they had been moved to the
> new beds. In Spring the
> soil will still be soft enough for you to move them
> easily. I don't think
> you will see any decline if they weren't out of the
> ground too long.
>        The business of cutting all leaves off as
> done by nurseries is
> combined with heavy watering and feeding to grow
> plants larger. I don't know
> if it would even work on large mature plants. It is
> dependent on heavy
> watering and feeding to be successful and you may
> need a fast-draining mix
> in the pots to keep them from rotting. Cutting
> leaves off without this will
> give smaller plants. You will set them back 1-3
> years in size.
> .......Bill Meyer
> > I have several large clumps, 4-5 + ft across, that
> I want to move in one
> > piece, i.e., without dividing.  Will be moved via
> a trailer.  This
> exercise
> > would me so much easier re handling etc, if  I
> were  to completely cut off
> all
> > leaves before digging.  Is there any problem here
> re: potential harm to
> the
> > plant?  I have this idea in my mind that this
> years foliage is necessary
> this
> > year for next years energy storage.
> >
> > Re: over wintering in pots. If I group pots 3-4"
> apart, and fill between
> the
> > pots and even slightly over the pot with mulch,
> can I expect them to get
> thru
> > a zone 4A winter. Any other suggestions?
> >
> > Thanks  Phil .
> >
> >
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