Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

February Move Requires Forethought in Moving Perennials

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

February Move Requires Forethought in Moving Perennials

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Q * I'm moving to a new home in February. What should I do this fall or winter to move my perennials in February?

A * While planning a midwinter move, you must consider the worst- case scenario, which is the possibility that the ground may be too wet or frozen to dig the plants at that time. I would suggest you dig your plants as soon as possible now, and replant them in containers. Do not bring them inside. Instead, leave them outdoors in a semi-shady location protected from strong winds. Water the plants as needed until their leaves begin to die naturally. Once dormant, their moisture needs should be met until spring by normal precipitation, unless we experience an exceptionally dry winter, in which case, you may need to continue watering if the soil in the pots dries out.

When severe weather arrives (usually not until after Thanksgiving locally), bury the pots in a deep bed of mulch to protect the roots from freezing. …

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