Digging Mertensia

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Jeremy
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Joined: 2009-10-01
Digging Mertensia

I want to send some M. virginica to a friend. When is the best time to dig, when summer-dormant or wait until fall?

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Jeremy wrote:

I want to send some M. virginica to a friend. When is the best time to dig, when summer-dormant or wait until fall?

While I'm no expert, my guess is shortly after flowering when the plant goes summer-dormant... giving the plant sufficient time to get re-established on the recipient end.  Your question reminds me, that my plant of this did not come up this year :(  It's like an old friend, one of the first plants I grew as a young boy at 10 years old, 45 years ago  :o, and I still love this spring ephemeral plant.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Plummer
Title: Member
Joined: 2009-10-01

I agree with Mark that the best time is right before going dormant. I would go with the younger smaller plants as the taproot can get pretty big.

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Nothing to add from me, execpt,

Welcome to the forum, Plummer!  We hope to hear more from you!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

Plummer wrote:

I agree with Mark that the best time is right before going dormant. I would go with the younger smaller plants as the taproot can get pretty big.

Hello Bill, glad to see you made you way over here, let me second Rick's welcome to the NARGS Forum!

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

ncole
Title: Guest
Joined: 2011-04-03

I agree but have moved them at all times even when they have disappeared.  You have to have a long shovel and go way down.  and wlecome!

I live in Baltimore, Md. zone7 and have a woodland garden....for over 30 years...so I am old.

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