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Questions About Baptisia Plants

Asked by
camps1202 on
July 7, 2017
Granby, Ma Zone 5

Q. Baptisia

I moved my Baptisia last year. They bloomed this year but there are no pods. Any ideas?

Answered by
DLarum on
July 8, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

It is most likely just adjusting to the move and may not produce any seeds this year or even next year. This article should help explain the patience that baptisia sometimes requires
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/growing-baptisia-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 26, 2018

Q. Baptisia Planting Time

I live in northern NJ and want to plant a Baptisia established plant from a gallon container purchased at a nursery. When is the right time to plant? Summer? Wait until September? Thanks

Answered by
MichiganDot on
July 27, 2018
A.

The question is which is worse, leaving a potentially root-bound plant in its container or planting something in summer heat. Baptisia has a taproot and should be planted before the taproot starts circling the bottom of the container. Water the plant well a day ahead of time. Loosen all encircling roots and try to straighten (gently!) the taproot. Make sure your hole is dug deeply enough to accommodate it. Water well. Concoct some shade with a cloth or leaf bag or whatever is on hand. It should have afternoon shade for up to a week. Mulch. Water all the way through fall; roots that go into winter dehydrated are much more likely to succumb to winter kill. More information here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/moving-a-baptisia-plant.htm

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