I'm moving house soon and would like to bring my angelica and anise hyssop plants with me. I'm worried about causing them both stress that might kill them off. Would it be better to chop them and preserve them, or should I give moving them a go? I will happily candy the angelica, but it is such a lovely and majestic plant, and it has not yet flowered. Perhaps I should just leave them here, but I would miss them very much, and the next residents will probably not know what it is and dig it up anyway...
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 5 years ago
They're both tough-to-indestructable and I'd definitely take them!
I find plants transplant much more easily if I take off quite a bit of older growth.
In the case of angelica, that means candying the big stems, leaving the younger stems intact.
Anise hyssop I'd probably cut down to about half its height.
Of course you can try to transplant them as-is and it might well work, but it takes a lot more effort.
Whatever you do, the most important thing is to keep the roots cool and moist in transit-
I find rolling the plant up in a wet newspaper, then shoving it all in a bucket works well.