Transplanting Black eyed Susans

Asked September 26, 2018, 9:06 AM EDT

Good morning! A friend has kindly offered me some of her Black Eyed Susans. Can I just dig a portion from her bed of them? Also, should I cut them 1 to 2 inches from the ground before planting them? The only other concern is avoiding deer ticks during the process. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for your hard work on behalf of those of us less knowledgeable!! Donna

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1 Response

Now is the perfect time of year to transplant black-eyed Susans. Yes, you can just dig a portion out from your friend's garden. Cut spent flower stalks and dead leaves and stems down to 2", but leave the remaining healthy foliage. There is additional information about transplanting perennials here on our website: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/flowers/perennials

With regard to protecting yourself from deer ticks, wear protective clothing and use a repellent on exposed skin. Shower and check yourself for ticks once you're back indoors. There are more tips on our website: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/deer-black-legged-and-wood-ticks

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