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Moving Geum

WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380

I have a couple of a Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ that probably need moving as the flower stems are tall and rather floppy, probably due to receiving less sun than is required.

Is it possible to move them now or is it best to wait until the autumn/early next spring?



  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,280
    I had a similar problem one year.  As it's still early in the season, I'd move them now so they can take advantage of any warmth and sun.  I have also found the Totally Tangerine geum has less tendency to flop and produces lots of flowers over a long period.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380
    Great, thanks. Even though it is in flower now, it’s not a problem moving it?
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,280
    It should be fine if you move it when the soil is damp and you can cause as little root disturbance as possible.  Also, keep it well watered.  It may reflower when happily reestablished.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,428
    I've moved geums at various times of the year. I would probably dig the new hole first (overestimate the size, it makes it easier).  That way it's out of the ground for the shortest possible time,and probably won't even realised it's been moved.
    As @Seagrape says, keep an eye on the watering and it should be fine  :)
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380
    Many thanks. I’ve moved them into a new, sunnier bed. Hopefully they doesn’t realise they’ve been moved!

    I also have a Phlox paniculata which needs moving too - would this be ok to relocate?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,174
    Yes, I find that most perennials move quite easily regardless of when unless it's a heatwave of course (which isn't likely at the moment). As AnniD says, dig the new hole first and move it as fast as possible.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380
    Great, thanks!
  • earlydazeearlydaze Posts: 100
    I moved one in bud about 10 days ago- flowering now and looking happy
  • JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 769
    Ive just divided and moved one myself and its quite happy in its new spots especially with all the rain :) 
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 380
    Well, I’ve moved the Phlox and was very surprised by how large the roots were! I had to trim a bit of the root ball away to ensure it fit in the bed.

    The leaves are a little floppy now, is that normal and will it perk up in time?
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