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17/03/2013 at 08:57

inherited mature climbing hydrangea,looks like blue green mould at boottom of trunk,what is this and what should i do about it? also planning to lay lawn where huge bed is at the moment so got to dig up some geraniums (hardy unsure what type) tulips,peonies,japanese anenomes and helebores,any advice on successfully moving/splitting?can any go in pots while i see best new location?

17/03/2013 at 09:04

I have successfully moved geraniums and anenomes in the past, and I am sure you could house them in pots temporarily - both are pretty tough and forgiving.  I think both hellebores and peonies are meant to sulk a bit when they are moved, so you might have to wait a couple of seasons for them to settle in before they flower again for you.

Good luck !

17/03/2013 at 09:50

Hi Louise. The geraniums will love a move and a split up. If you put hellebores in pots make sure they're deep pots. It's a good time of year for it.

Japanese anemones are said to be invasive but I have trouble getting them established. If I had a big clump I'd separate it into smaller clumps so they could be lifted but not into very small pieces like I would the geraniums.

17/03/2013 at 10:03

The mould is where it has been over watered in a cold damp place and you will need to remove it and let the plant dry out and then plant but it might have got a hold and started to rot the plant.

17/03/2013 at 10:04
I have successfully moved peonies, dug one up when I was moving and put it in a big plastic box, still in it and doing OK. Took a while to flower again though. Probably better to put it straight into the ground.
17/03/2013 at 10:09

So it's OK to move japanese anemones? I have a clump I would love to move. Is it OK to do it now?

17/03/2013 at 11:09

I would say that you can move most perennials now if the soil is workable (not frozen) including those Japanes anenomies Chilli Lover. The peony may take a while to flower but remember not to plant it too deep as it will sulk and not flower. If you are moving the tulips and hellebores soon make sure you get a decent amount of soil around the root balls when you dig them up and replant at the same depth.

Lyn
17/03/2013 at 12:55
Are you sure it's mould and not lichen on the bottom of the trunks.
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