I dug up some Four o clocks and moved them. They were at least 3 feet tall,
and the root (rhizome, corm??) was good sized. (at least as big as a
Of course the Four o clocks do not look happy in their new spot. Very
droopy and wilted looking. It's been a week since I transplanted them. I
am in South Louisiana, below New Orleans.
If they don't perk up, maybe just leave them in the ground and they will
catch up next season?
I did a Google search and the only transplant information that I could find
was on seedlings.
I have tried transplanting large four o'clocks many times, sometimes
cutting them back and sometimes not, and usually the ones that are cut back
recover faster and grow better than the ones not cut back.. Cut the large
stems back to a few inches above ground level, mulch, and keep them well
Four o'clocks are not hardy perennials in my area, but one year a chain
store was selling the tubers in bags, along with bleeding hearts, daylilies,
and other tuberous rooted plants. All of the four-o-clocks that I bought
there survived the bagging and storage process and bloomed beautifully for
me that year. I'd guess that like most tuberous perennials, they'd be
happiest if transplanted while dormant - meaning late fall or early spring -
but that root is also a storage organ, so there's lots of "stuff" in there
ready to make new growth whenever. I'd agree with the posters who suggested
cutting back the top foliage.
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