Hello, hope you'll all enjoying summer. Just wondering if I can lift and two large Lupins yet?
I'd wait until Autumn when they have died down
Thanks Fleurisa, I have a couple of sedum that I was hoping to pop in their place.
I moved several and split a couple a few weeks back Caral, if it helps. I did it when the soil was wet, cut the foliage down and kept them well watered and they all are showing new growth now. I also moved sedums and they were absolutely fine. Probably not advisable but it's done now
I often move plants when we're not 'meant to', but as Victoria says if the soil's kept damp and you cut the foliage back to minimise stress then it's not usually a problem. Get a big rootball out and prepare the new site thoroughly as well, and the plant will barely notice it's moved
I move sedums regularly Victoria. I think they're the easiest of all - stick 'em in and off they go!
Ive moved virtually the whole garden this summer, including roses and not lost any of them. As fairy girl says I dig out a fairly large root ball, use plenty of rotted manure and good soil and keep them well watered. Roses are already sprouting so must be OK. I moved lupins and they didnt even droop, it was as if nothing had happened. Dont know if Im just lucky.
It's all in the prep Yvie. We get a lot of rain through summer and that helps. I've moved conifers at this time of year with no issue because they got plenty of watering in. Rain's always better than a hosepipe too, but it's really just timing and vigilance
Fairygirl, you split them? Wow, how do you do that with a tap root?
I have terrible trouble keeping lupins as I have the national collection of slugs in my garden. How do all you folks cope with your lupins being (not) eaten? I grew some pulins this year from seed and have had to keep them in pots placed on grilling and I would so love to put them in the ground.
Hi Forester2 the only way that I know that actually works is to go out after dark with BBQ tongs, torch and a jug of salt water, on a collect and kill mission.
When I split mine Caral, I just hacked them in half with a spade. It wasn't easy but eventually I ripped them apart. I split 2 large ones. There seemed to be loads of thick rubbery roots and each half had a share of them. I also snapped a couple when I dug them up but they seem fine. I'm sure it's alright to split lupins and it isn't just something I invented. Fairygirl or others will be able to confirm
My lupins do get a bit chewed Forester, but by pure luck I planted them in my front garden which doesn't get many slugs as there are no hidey holes and I rarely water so it bakes in summer. They get ravaged by aphids tho