I have some plants/shrubs in beds just put in last summer (2013). Not all...

Asked August 2, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

I have some plants/shrubs in beds just put in last summer (2013). Not all plants made it over the winter and now I would like to move a few. When would be the best time to move the following plants: Russian Cypress; astilbe; bleeding heart; and coral bells? Thanks you!

Hennepin County Minnesota perennials

1 Response

The best time to move the plants would be early spring just as growth starts to appear, that can be difficult to schedule sometime. But you can replant early fall when there is still time for the roots to become re-established then that is ok too. Many of the plants you mentioned will start to die back in the fall and you can trim them off when you move them.

After replanting make sure you keep them well watered until the ground freezes and then it is a good idea to mulch them well for at least the first winter.