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  symplocarpus (skunk cabbage) querys
From: "Mike Bosold" mbosold at meijergardens.org> on 2002.04.12 at 09:12:04(8532)
While at me friends house last night I walked his new property and found
myself surrounded by skunk cabbage, what a lovely sight! Beautiful and
very prolific. Was thinking about transplanting some to the gardens here in
our native/wet areas. I was wondering if these transplant well, and when
the best time to do it would be. They are fully showing the spathe/spadix
and the leaf bud is about 1" tall. Most are about medium to large size and
look quite mature. Should I choose the bigger ones or the smaller ones?
The area here is almost identical in soil and moisture content. Any
help/suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks
From: Bob Burns bobburns61 at yahoo.com> on 2002.04.13 at 20:28:13(8538)
About skunk-cabbage:
Though I have none around me now and would love
some (in central GA) I grew up in MI in skunk-cabbage
heaven. I would mark the plants you want to move
somehow and wait till they go dormant, say late in the
summer or in the fall, to move them. There is a
rhizome down there, and on a big one it can be both
deeper and bigger than you might think. If you must
try to move one while growing, then be prepared to dig
up a huge root ball all around and under the
plant...like maybe the size of a bushel basket? When
they are dormant there won't be as many live roots
attached to the rhizome and it will tolerate their
loss better. Of course moving a small one would be
proportionally easier. I'd guess, too, that it would
be a slow process to grow this to blooming size from
seed...like maybe five years? You should be able to
find some closer to you, too...it's pretty common up
Bob Burns
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