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01/06/2012 at 14:51

Hi I have had my Hedychium for around 6 years now and it is my pride and joy.  Although its flowers are only with me a short while each year the smell is amazing, and the flowers are so delicate.  It has survived frosts, snow, drought and my puppy digging it up! 

The problem I have is that it has got way too big for my small garden.  Originally I kept it in a pot, but finding an ever larger pot became tricky so about 3 years ago I put it in the ground.  It comes up every year, but I cant really plant around where it is because of the crown, and the shoots this year are coming up all over th place leaving a bare gap in the middle (there's probably about 2' from shoot to shoot).

I would love to be able to make 'baby' hedychiums from it, or perhaps split into a few smaller plants but i'm not even sure I could get it out of the ground now as the roots must be all over the place and probably mixed up with all my other plants. 

 Any suggestions gratefully received!

05/10/2012 at 16:28
05/10/2012 at 19:06
It is a beast to dig up. It splits easily. It's a rampant thing though and is better in large pots because it needs digging up again if in the ground. Dig it up, as much root as possible, then dig again to pull all remaining roots....there will be plenty. It will vigorously invade so do it ASAP. Put clumps into pots and fleece over winter although for me they are hardy. It is hard work to dig it up I know but if you want other plants in that area you must remove it.
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