I was surprised a couple of days ago to see quite a lot of pretty blue
flowers pop up right outside my side door (in the path of course). On
investigation I found that they were Siberian Squill. Have no idea
how they got there. The location is such that they are going to get
trampled if I leave them there (so far I've managed to remember that
they were there but I have ADHD and I know that I'm going to forget)
and I'd like to keep them, just in another location, so I'm wondering
if there's any way to proceed from here other than marking them and
digging up the remains in the Fall. If marking them and moving them
later is the only option, does anybody have any ideas how to mark
their locations in such a way that the markers won't also get
Do I dig up the individual plants and transplant them bare-root or do
I take a posthole digger and try to move a whole clump of them to a
different posthole in a single big plug? Note that they appear to be
very small plants but I don't know what's underground. Seriously, I'm
very new at this gardening thing.
Keep the rootball together. Dig a hole first, then take a good
shovelfull all around the clump and try to replant it in the new hole
with as little root disturbance as possible. If you get enough earth
around them they won't even blink! They're tough little buggers,
they'll be fine.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
The post hole digger is a novel idea and I bet it would work just fine.
If you could manage to wait until the leaves are starting to yellow,
that would be even better since they are going dormant then anyway.
One clump should do it. They will spread if they like the new place. I
planted a few years ago and now have a crowded mass. I noticed mine just
breaking the surface today. There was snow still on them a few days ago
but the glaciers are starting to retreat at last.
Round here the siberian squill bloomed many weeks ago and now the english
bluebells are bursting forth. If what you've got really is siberian
squill, they're not apt to transplant intact and will be pretty much done
for for this year when you dig them up, presuming it's not possible in
their present spot to remove them with so much soil they barely realize
you moved them. Ideally their location will be marked and they'll be dug
up in autumn; second best, dug up after the grass begins to die back;
worse choice, transplant in spring while they're their most active above
ground. But they're hardy-hardy little bulbs and will almost always bounce
back for the following year even if moved in spring.
-paghat the ratgirl
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