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Old 08-22-2019, 12:59 PM
 
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My husband is extending our deck, and I have a small Rhododendron, and four Phlox Paniculata plants to get out of his way. September 15, if it is not a hot day, I am planning to have him get them out of the ground, water them then, I will place them in containers, protect the containers with bubble wrap, as it begins to get colder, and a winter blanket, until the Spring. I do not trust him as a gardener, and he says that he has too much work to do to plant them, so this is about the only way, I can try to save them.

Your opinions, please. Thank you,
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:03 PM
 
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My husband is extending our deck, and I have a small Rhododendron, and four Phlox Paniculata plants to get out of his way. September 15, if it is not a hot day, I am planning to have him get them out of the ground, water them then, I will place them in containers, protect the containers with bubble wrap, as it begins to get colder, and a winter blanket, until the Spring. I do not trust him as a gardener, and he says that he has too much work to do to plant them, so this is about the only way, I can try to save them.

Your opinions, please. Thank you,
Personally, I think they would have a better chance for survival if they’re planted in the ground.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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I'd put them in the ground too.



If you can't for some reason, your plan sounds okay.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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Can you hire someone to dig and help you plant them?
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Old 08-23-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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Personally, I think they would have a better chance for survival if they’re planted in the ground.
Ditto.
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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yes indeed. Put them in containers and then plant the containers in the group. This way they are protect from winter and you will not end up diging up new roots when you finally plant them. I ordered a truck full of good soil and planted pots full of perennials and shrubs right in the mound for over a year until I could plant things where I finally wanted them.
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Old Today, 06:43 PM
 
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Can you hire someone to dig and help you plant them?

It is not worth it, Gerania. It is much easier to take a chance with them. I will try this: I am going to put the containers, about 25 of them, ON TOP of the ground, MULCH them first, then I bought several large garden blankets to protect them. They have blankets very large, like 100 x 75 , so if I place about three of these blankets to cover them, they will make it.

My enjoyment with having placed the plants in containers comes from having a bad back, and a very large deck, where after the winter is over in my zone 7, I will easily place them on 6 ft. long benches x 14 inches wide x 24 inches tall, each around the deck, this way I can take care of them every day, without having to bend down to the floor.

Comes July, my Dahlias, Phlox, Cannas, Agastache, Penstemons, Monardas, Daisies, Hemerocallis, Zinnias, Bee Balm, Geraniums, and colorful annuals, will bloom all the way to the end of the summer, and then back to sleep........
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