I was given a baptisa plant two yrs. ago and put it in my front flower bed....

Asked July 27, 2015, 8:57 PM EDT

I was given a baptisa plant two yrs. ago and put it in my front flower bed. It has grown to be approx. 72 inches wide and 72 inches tall which is way too big for the small space I have. Can it be transplanted? Pruned?

Franklin County Ohio transplanting

1 Response

Baptista forms a deep taproot, making it difficult to transplant. Although it's possible to divide the deep, gnarly root mass, it's risky and you may end up damaging the plant. It has few insect and disease problems and is usually ignored by deer. You can cut kback established clumps by one-third after bloom is finished to control size somewhat and make flopping foliage less likely. I hope this helps.