Ornamental Grasses

Another moving garden related question (I have hundreds right now but I'll try not to overwhelm my welcome!!)

We've just found out that our house sale date has been pushed back by several weeks into December and while most of my plants are in pots I have some ornamental grasses still in the ground that I had hoped to just dig up and plant straight away. However as we'll be moving post start of the frosts would I be better off putting them in pots now with a good amount of compost and planting them out in the spring?





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Hi Clarington. I'd say just get them done now. You'll have enough to do when you move and the weather could be really horrible by then and the last thing you'll feel like doing is digging up plants. I know from experience! image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,116

    I dont suppose you have much choice really but grasses do not like being moved at this time of year and you need to expect that they may not survive. Grasses are one of the plants that are better moved  in spring.

    Good luck.

    There's one more kid that will never go to school
    Never get to fall in love,never get to be cool.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    Morning v. Must remember to get my miscanthus in the spring.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    Hope your move goes well clarington.
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Thanks everyone, we've not timed our move well have we!

    I'm not sure what variety they are (they're all small ones mainly blue in colour) though I have mostly burried the labels next to the plants so hopefully I can retrieve them (it seemed a good idea at the time). They were brought on a whim when we moved in from a small garden centre locally purely for some colour that wouldn't trigger my partners hayfever too much (no chance of big blooms and masses of flowers here).

    Hopefully most of them will survive!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    It's not the ideal situation but that's life sometimes! Your only alternative is leaving them but it would mean buying replacements so you have to work with the circumstances you have.

    Good luck with it! image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Your buyer does know you are removing plants, doesn't he?  You are not allowed to dig up plants after a sale is agreed unless it is specified in the sale agreement, or you have a verbal agreement.  Anything in pots is OK.


  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Thanks WelshOnion, the house we're currently in is a rental property & the contract says something along the lines of as we found it (vvery simplified!) Well I can't explode a weed bomb and its too late to fill the pond in with sludge but I have informed everyone who visited the property that we were leaving the plastic compost bin and bike shed but taking all the flowers. Hopefully that will suffice but thanks for the prompt. I will check with the landlord!

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Good lord! I've heard about light bulbs, toilet roll holders, and even the carpet all being lifted no one has ever mentioned a garden being cleared out. Makes sense I guess you wouldn't be growing them if you didn't like them!

    It must have been quite the shock for all parties involved.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,118

    When we moved into this house,  they took every light bulb the curtain rails, the dust bins and he even took the tv areal!

    Sorry clarington, i'm ramblingimage

    Good luck with your grasses and the move

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    My son bought a house and the vendor had removed the loft ladder!

    PS.When we leave a property we always leave a loo roll!

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892



    I think I'm just going to check the conditions of sale with the check sheet of what's staying one more time.......




  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    I've always left loo rolls  too but after the way the purchaser behaved when seeling my last house I wish I'd taken an awful lot more than I did! image

    Someone told me they bought a h ouse which had a new fence round it and it really suited them because they had a new dog..... when they moved in - guess what the previous owners had taken....image

    Welshonion- your son should have pursued that one - a loft ladder's surely a fixture!

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