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Moving Agapanthus

I am moving house and about to try and move some of my favourite plants into pots to take with us.
I have two large established agapanthus- one deep blue and one white. They seemed to have thrived on being left alone and flower well. I am really keen to take them with me-any advice on moving them greatly appreciated.
Also moving hellebores, lupins, a rose or two, and ferns- so any top tips on these also appreciated.
Many Thanks


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,602

    The herbaceous stuff should move OK at this time of year - make sure the soil is damp, get as much root out as you can, and keep the soil around the roots as much as possible.  Be careful with the lupins because they tend to have long tap-roots.

    I have no experience of moving roses but they should be slowing down now so worth a try - again take as big a root ball as you can manage.

    Water everything in well after the move to settle the soil around the roots, even if it's raining.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    They'll have pretty impressive root systems so brace yourself for a fight .
    Depending on size, you might be better trying to get them out in chunks.
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    if you can wait until they've died back then they'll move better, make sure that the pots are big enough - don't try and squeeze stuff in, plus you don't know how long they'll have to stay in the pot, last time my parents moved some plants stayed in pots for nearly a year until my mum found just the right place for them.
    once you get moved make sure they get watered and even healed in somewhere still in the pot to make sure the roots don't get frosted.
  • Thanks everyone, really useful advice. The plants have to be moved today- typing this with my gardening gloves on! Will let you know how I get on! 
  • The before photo!
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,661
    Rosemary, have you told your buyers you are taking some of the plants with you?
    Don't want to put you off but technically plants in the ground are classed as part of fixtures and fittings.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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