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  Moving an Arisaema ?
From: chicory at charter.net (chicory at charter.net) on 2008.05.03 at 13:42:45(17539)
Good Morning

I was hoping that someone on the list could help me. We are relocating from New England To the Midwest. We just put the house on the market, so I have no idea when we will move. Actually anytime after mid June.
I want to take my Arisaema with me, I have had it for 5 years and it is beautiful. I hate to leave it for the next person to buy the house.
Can someone , anyone give me some ideas on how to move it, I will not be in a position to wait until it goes dormant. There is a baby one that is 2 years old and is going to bloom soon. It is maybe about 10 inches tall. The other is about 16" but has not unfurled yet.

Thank You!!!

From: LLmen at wi.rr.com (Don Martinson) on 2008.05.04 at 16:58:58(17547)
I will gladly defer to those with more experience than I, but I have had
some success moving plant whose root system I don't wish to disturb by
cutting both ends off a 3# coffee can (or similar) and sinking it around the
plant to be moved to a point that you're relatively certain is below the
root system. Since you have time, this can be left in place, then dug up
when you wish to move, taking care to secure the soil at the bottom. You
might also wish to drill some 1/4 inch holes along the vertical axis of the
can to prevent this apparatus from retaining too much water.

If anyone has experience with a simpler method, I'd be anxious to hear it.

Don Martinson

From: mjkolaffhbc at earthlink.net (mike) on 1970.01.01 at 00:00:00(17551)
Greetings Arisaema Lovers and Movers,
I have literally just sat down to review
Aroid-l mail, after moving number of Arisaema today.
( Along with Trillium sp, Hydrophyllum canadense,
and a clump of Caulophyllum thalictroides).
I have use a deep spade or root pruning spade.
These shovels have a blade that are dig 16 to 24 inches deep.
I will dig out a plug that will either go into a
3 or 5 gallon nursery pot. Now I know this is problably overkill,
but obviously these woodland plants do not tolerate disturbance in the growing
season. So by having a "larger Rootball", I have not lost any plants with this method.
I also dig early in the morning, or later in the afternoon.
I hope this information has been useful.
Michael Kolaczewski
Elgin, Il
mjkolaffhbc at earthlink.net

From: ted.held at us.henkel.com (ted.held at us.henkel.com) on 2008.05.05 at 15:52:01(17553)
I like Don's method as he describes it.

But you might want to consult with your real estate agent. Here in
Michigan plants are considered to be part of the house unless they are in
portable containers. As such you can incur some ill feelings or even
lawsuits if you just dig up your treasures and the new owner has been lead
to believe the landscape was part of the deal. Maybe the new owner is an
Arisaema aficionado.

I'm not a lawyer, but my suggestion is that you either, a) move what you
want before you put the house up for show, b) take small cuttings, seeds.
or offshoots that would not be noticed well in advance of closing, or c)
make sure that your agent and the new buyer know what you plan to take.


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