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Q.digging up and transplanting at new home/zone 5

Zone Zone 5 - Southern Maine | MissKriz added on March 3, 2017 | Answered

I am closing on a new home next week and the weather here in Maine has been both warmer than usual but will be very cold this weekend. If I dig up my perennials to take with me to the new home, should I seek to plant them immediately when I am in the new house (next weekend?)

I have been told to leave all the dug up perennials outside until the ground is warmer and can be planted into the ground, does this sound correct? At this point, most of them are already sprouting new foliage.

Some ideas as to what type of perennials:

– tickseed plant(newly planted last summer)
– matured knock out rose shrub
– Hyacinths
– chrysanthemum (Matured and needs to be separated)
– Iris bulbs (just starting to sprout)
– evening primrose
– creeping phlox
– white violet
– 3 in one Rose of Sharon tree (3 years mature)
– sunset sienna coreopsis
– Belarina cobalt primrose (newly planted last spring)
– Pink sundrops primrose

Any advice would be so greatly appreciated. I’d like to dig them up now; however, the buyer of my new home has agreed also to let me come back in the spring to dig these up, but I prefer to do so sooner if able to, without jeopardizing the health of my plants.

Kristen T.

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