Can I?


We are moving the first week of November, live in zone 5 can i safely dig up my mums, aster, blackeyed susans, heuchera and more perennials(can't think of the names). To take with to our new house? most were bought for mother's day, birthday etc. I really do not want to leave them.

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  • Technically, you can. The concern is their ability to establish roots that late in the season. I would put them in pots in the garage and replant them in the spring.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 17, 2021

    Hi Cindy, yes you can. Look up how to transplant all the different plants so they have the best chance of surviving and enjoying their new home with you.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 17, 2021

    Research your plant’s peculiarities. Generally, plants that bloom in fall prefer being moved in spring, and vice versa. And some plants, such as baptisia, have a long central taproot that you’ll have to dig deep to avoid cutting. Know your plant’s needs before you break ground.

  • William William on Sep 17, 2021

    August and September for planting perennials in zone 5. If you are allowed to remove them plant them in pots and place them in the garage. You don't say if you rent or own. If you sold your home check your real estate laws and sales contract. Most contracts specify what stays with the property. Flowers, bushes would stay with the property. They may be a reason for the sale. Any plantings that are edible or need to be harvested can be removed or a date specified to be harvested by the previous owners.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 17, 2021

    You should be okay now for digging them up. Then put in planters and wait until the spring to plant at the new location.

  • Annie Annie on Sep 17, 2021

    Yes you certainly can. Cut them back first, then dig up and put into pots. Just keep the watered until you can plant them in the ground at your new place!

  • Cindy Foxall Thomas Cindy Foxall Thomas on Sep 17, 2021

    I was planning on leaving them in pots over the winter

  • I would dig them up and put them in pots if you don't have time to research each different one. Then you know they'll be ok once you replant them in the spring.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 18, 2021

    Dig them up and store in containers and put them in a garage to protect them. Lightly water occasionally to keep them from drying out.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 19, 2021

    Yes but put the back in the ground

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 20, 2021

    HI Cindy: You sure can, I did the same thing with flowers from my mom's house and, as a matter of fact, the entire neighbourhood, as they were tearing most of it down! Just be sure to have the soil loose so that the roots don't have to fight to get established, water thoroughly and maybe some fertilizer would be a good idea. Here's a site that should help:

    Good luck

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 20, 2021

    Hi! I would pot them, place them in a sheltered location and transplant in spring. Good luck!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 21, 2021

    Hello. Obtaining a good sampling of the roots would be advised

    For the best local professional advice I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    Best wishes with your move.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 22, 2021

    As long as it’s warm now when you dig them and warm to put them in the ground