Transplanting Erythronium americanum

Tony Avent
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:19:20 PDT

Erythroniums are very easy to move when in full leaf/flower.  In some soils the bulbs can be quite deep, but other than that, they're pretty easy.  Keep in mind that they usually go dormant pretty quickly after moving.  

Tony Avent
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Roy Herold
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:12 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Transplanting Erythronium americanum

I work in a rather ugly commercial-industrial area in Woburn, Massachusetts, home to generic landscraping plants and little else. Or so I thought.

I decided to take a walk in the woods here today during lunch, expecting to see little. I encountered piles of trash and broken concrete, abandoned tractor trailers, briars, multiflora roses, etc. Turning the corner, however, the scenery changed and the ground was covered with Erythronium americanum. This turned into a solid swath of plants about 3m wide and 50m long. Many, many thousands of plants. Amazing. None were blooming, as most leaves were rather small (2cm x 8cm), with a few larger leaves (5cm x 15cm). There was the odd blooming bloodroot mixed in.

My question is when should I try to 'rescue' a few of these and move them to my own garden? Now, or mark a few and wait for dormancy? If I do move some, will they ever bloom?

NW of Boston
80F today

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