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Transplanting
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Farmer-Gene    Posted 04-19-2001 at 19:33:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
When and how do you transplant rhubarb and peonies? Got some on the end of the shed and my wife will "whack" me if they die! thanks


Beth Komendat    Posted 05-06-2006 at 13:46:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have to move and want to take my rhubarb plants. I just planted them about 2 months ago from roots sent from Burpee. They seem to be doing well and are turning red already. I live in Tallahassee,Fl. The move will be just across town. Do you think they'll survive? Is there anything special I should do? Thanks for any input.
God Bless,
Beth


Beckey Davis    Posted 06-02-2002 at 07:25:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have about 8 plants of rhubarb growing in our backyard. I want to keep 2 or 3 of them but I need to move them to another place as we want to landscape our yard and where they are at is where we want to put a shed. I would like to move them this summer so that we can start building the shed, but I need to know if I do it now will I lose them? I hate to lose them as they come from plants that have been in my family for over 30 years. As you can guess they have been moved before and I am sure that I moved them during the summer but it has been several years and I am just not sure if I moved them in June or August.

Thanks!


F14    Posted 04-20-2001 at 04:28:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rhubarb is transplanted or propagated by "splitting' the crowns. Early fall is best, but any time will work. Dig 'em up, and separate the root mass into sections. Last time I did this, I quartered them. Keep moist or replant in a new locationi immediately. Dig a deep enough hole that the crown of the root is just even with the soil level, and the roots are spread out and not cramped. Tamp soil loosely, and mulch the top.

If you transplant now, don't harvest any stalks this year, give it a year to re-establish itself. In the fall, a little composted animal manure (chicken poop works GREAT) over the mulch will give you big, tender healthy stalks next spring.

You've got me all fired up now, I'll have to go down to the garden and poke around under the mulch, see how mine is doing ":^)


Wolf    Posted 04-20-2001 at 04:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about the rhubarb, but years ago when the water line came through here, Mom had two peonie bushes on either side of where the water line needed to go through. The backhoe operator cut right between them, Mom thought sure they were going to die, but they came back better than ever. After mine bloom here every year, they get cut down with the mower, they come back strong every year. They're a hardy plant, just make sure you get plenty of the root system with them. I think I'd wait until after they bloom, myself.


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