05:48AM | 05/29/05
Member Since: 06/21/04
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We are doing some landscaping/re-grading and walkway construction in front of our new home. There are currently some beautiful perennials that are there that will be either destroyed or pulled up. Is there a way for me to move/store them until I figure out where they should go after all the work is done? Some have already bloomed (daffodils), others just sprouting (bluebells) and even more yet to come out. Can I save them?


08:21PM | 05/29/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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My wife (the gardener around this house!) says, YES, do take out the perennials and save them! The alternative is almost certain destruction--so why not try it!

Bulbs: she says dig them up, but let them dry out completely before re-planting.

Perennials: Move to a safe area, and "heal" them in by putting them into holes about half their normal size. Cover with mulch to protect. Consider pruning before you replant to their "normal" location." They should make it.

Not sure what your location/climate/zone is, but it's probably best to "heal" in a cool location for summer. At least that's what she'd do here (Colorado).

Good luck! It'll save you some money down the road, too!


-k2 in CO

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