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What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby gardenwanderer » Aug 11, 2009 8:22 pm

Hello,
I'm in 6A zone in Toronto and I'm moving to a new house this fall but not until October 29th.
I have a variety of perennials and a few I'm really attached to that I want to take with me: peony bush, baptisa bush, sea holly, clematis, honeysuckle, lilies, ferns, hosta, etc.

So, I'm just wondering what people think about the timing and transplanting things that late.
I will be moving within the same area only it will be on the lakeshore this time.
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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby Aigle » Aug 11, 2009 9:59 pm

Sorry but I'm near the Lakeshore (Coxwell and Queen) and even with the lake effect, I'd say Oct 29th is a bit late for any recovery...even with the lake effect. I'll go as far as Oct 1st-ish (near my annual Birthday vacation which I ALWAYS fight for :wink: ) but even then, I have had issues with tender perrennials.

I'm thinking typical falls, not unusually slow, warm ones.

Mind you, I am sure there are people who can advise winter mulching.protection that I haven't tried. I'm just saying that being in Toronto, being near the Lake gives you about a week to ten days grace, but really not a month.

i am sure there is some temporary "keep alive" method, I just dont know it. I wish you luck and you really will enjoy the benefits of "lake effect" on days like the past few. :D
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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby B_BQ » Aug 11, 2009 10:24 pm

I'm in Zone 5a/b, south central Ontario. I moved house nearly 4 years ago, November 2005. I brought with me a variety of plants I was attached to. I had about a month to dig up, pot up, and transport plants to my new house. Obviously I couldn't plant anything into a final home, so planted the pots in whatever free patch of earth I could find. I brought with me several clematis, hosta, astilbe, poppies, ferns, tree peony and more. They were all in pots. I buried all the pots in whatever patch of earth I could find. Surprisingly everything survived the winter, and are still surviving 4 years later, despite being moved several times!
I'm always amazed at just how tough plants are - just tell them you love them and they will come through for you! :lol:
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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby Lulu » Aug 11, 2009 11:01 pm

Hi, Gardenwanderer, and welcome to the forum!

I am another "taking my favorites with me" person, and have done exactly what Brenda has done; planted my favorites in pots, , then sink the pots anywhere you can find space; haven't lost a plant yet! Just ensure you are very generous with the root ball you are potting up, and ensure the pot is buried deep enough and/or mulched heavily .

Do you have a friend with a veggie patch that you could use for the fall/winter? This would give you a little more wiggle room to figure out where to put them at the new house!

Another solution would be to dig a trench, and put all the pots in the trench, and bury them.

As a last resort, once the contract is final and binding, the old owners of your new house, might let you plant them earlier.

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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby Sheikea » Aug 12, 2009 9:56 am

You could talk to the new owners or the lawyer and state that there are a handful of perinnials you will be coming back for and mark them with a big red stake.That way you do not have to worry about it and can get the new flower beds ready. :)
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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby gardenwanderer » Aug 12, 2009 6:43 pm

Thanks so much for all your ideas. I'm just wondering why the planting them in pots vs. transplanting them straight into the ground?

I am trying to work out with the owners of the house to bring a few of my favorites but it's hard because she has a very manicured garden and I don't know how she'll like me digging it up. But I might just pick an area out of the way and dig the whole thing up and put the plants in as a holding place. I was just worried about having to transplant them again in the spring.
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Re: What is the lastest you can transplant in the fall

Postby Lulu » Aug 12, 2009 7:43 pm

Gardenwanderer, the suggestion about pots, was in the event you did not know where the plants were going to go, and they had to be put somewhere on a temporary basis.

Even if you come up with a "holding place", you can put the plants directly into the ground, but, it still means disturbing the root system, again. Leaving them in a pot might lessen the shock of being moved twice in the same year.
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