Instructions For Transplanting Perennial Flowers

Perennial flower garden in bloom

Among the most rewarding plants for your garden are perennial flowers and plants. Perennials do not have to be planted anew every year. Once established in a garden, they will continue to reappear year after year to provide enjoyment.

Reasons for Transplanting

There can be any number of reasons you might want to transplant perennial bulbs. You may not like the place the plants are located or the plants may have multiplied to the point that they are no longer thriving or do not have a great appearance.

Another reason you might decide to transplant your perennials is if the plants are not thriving and you have to revive them by relocating them to a more plant friendly place.

Whatever the reason, many gardeners will frequently relocate plants around their garden as their needs and tastes change over time.

Choosing When to Transplant

The best time to transplant perennial bulbs is either in the spring or in the fall. In the spring, dig up bulbs before the plant has begun to spout new growth. If not moved in the spring, wait until after the first frost and move them in the fall.

Step 1

Before you move the plants, choose a new site and prepare the soil as if you were planting bulbs anew. Check the pH level at the current location of the plants and then check the reading against the new site and make any adjustments necessary.

Step 2

Trim back the foliage on the plant until it is about 1 inch above the soil line.

Step 3

Using a shovel, dig a 3-inch perimeter around the plant to a depth of 6 inches. This is best done in the early morning or late afternoon. Be careful not to cut roots when digging the plant out or lifting it.

Step 4

Divide the plant. Place plant on its side and using a knife or spade, divide the plant into numerous plants for replanting.

Step 5

At the new location, dig a new hole for the plant. The new hole should be several inches larger than the root ball of the plant. Gently place new soil around the root ball and just over the root ball and up into the foliage.

Step 6

Water frequently until your plant is established in its new location. If you are not receiving daily rain, then water the plant daily for two weeks.