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Transplanting Perennials

I'm redesigning my main flower bed.  I'll re-use some of the plants that were there before but in different positions.  When is too late to transplant them?  Also when is it too late to put new pot grown perennials in the ground?  Many thanks, Sarah

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,782
    You can plant perennials at any time as long as the ground is favourable- ie not frozen or waterlogged. That goes for moving them or for potted specimens.

    However, perennials which are a bit less robust, or ones that are small/young,  might be better potted up and planted in spring, so it will depend on the plants, and what your ground temps and conditions are like, especially over winter.  :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Many thanks.  We live on the Suffolk Coast so don't get particularly big "freezes".  I was asking because i don't know whether to get things in the ground now or wait until Spring.  The reason to get them in now is 1) not having to care for them in pots & 2) giving them a head start for Spring growth by planting the now.  
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    What varieties are they?  Generally speaking,  Autumn is a good time for planting, but as Fairygirl says there are some that are better being left until the Spring  :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,782
    As we've said - the varieties are a factor, but the size of the plants are too.
    I often leave young plants out, even in very small pots, depending on what the plant it, but I don't grow much that isn't pretty tough, as it wouldn't survive here.
    Shoving them in among shrubs in borders works well, but plants that are less robust would go against a house wall, or even in the greenhouse, as they're more vulnerable to pests, especially those with soft, fleshy new growth. 
    Now that we're in autumn, potted plants don't need much attention until spring though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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