I would like to transplant a few plants that didn't quite seem to like
their spot this season, including a butterfly bush and a salivia or
two. When should I transplant them? Now, so they can develop a root
system over the winter, or in the spring?
If now, should I cut the butterfly bush all the way back?
I'm in Zone 9 where we typically don't dip down to freezing until
January or so.
In your climate, you can transplant now without worry. I'm not quite as
balmy as you, but I find winter to be a premier planting/transplanting time
in our milder areas - most of my serious gardening chores get done in winter
:-)) Wait until see you new shoots develop on the butterfly bush before you
cut it back hard.
pam - gardengal
I second Pam. In my zone 8, when transplanting in autumn & winter, plants
can usually be pretty much ignored the rest of winter, & will already be
well settled in by spring, having experienced minimum shock. By
comparison, the "usual" transplanting period throughout spring usually
requires more attention to make sure a shocked transplanted item doesn't
dry out before its roots are resettled, or completely get baked when
summer arrives and the roots are STILL not extensive enough to keep it
healthy during a heatwave. It's also just a good time to be planting new
woody shrubs period, if only the selection from nurseries were better this
time of year.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
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