Thinning Baptisia

Asked November 5, 2016, 10:03 AM EDT

My Baptisia has taken over my garden. I understand it doesn't transplant well. How can I thin it properly? Thanks!

Carver County Minnesota

1 Response

We presume the plants have self seeded. When that happens some seedlings usually appear where their presence is acceptable while others crowd or shade their neighbors. If that's the case, remove those growing where you don't want them and encourage and maintain space for the rest.

Baptisia is difficult to transplant because it has a long tap root. Seedlings left to grow where they appeared will outdo any that might survive transplanting.