How to Transplant Toad Lily Clumps
Maybe you planted those little rhizomes thinking not much was going to happen only to have a huge clump that’s over grown the planned planting area. Whatever the case may be, Toad Lilly clumps are very easy to divide and transplant without much heartache or damage to the plants.
The best time to move these is in early spring when they are about 2-3 inches tall and the weather has somewhat stabilized. Though they flower late, these will be one of the very first plants to poke their heads out of the ground. Not unusual to have them coming up in mid February here in zone 7. It’s easier to move these once they have grown a bit as you can easily judge the size of the clump by where they are coming up.
Start by judging the size of the clump. Even if you miss judge, don’t worry. For those with weedblock cloth, these things grow right through it so you may need to move the cloth along with the clump. You will not be able to separate the cloth without destroying the clump. Whatever your situation is, these things are tough and while you may loose parts of it, it will not harm the main plant. Once you’ve determined the size of the clump, simply drive your spade straight down around it. They don’t go very deep, maybe 6 inches tops so go about that deep. Once you’ve gone around the entire clump, start undercutting it with the spade. Again, don’t worry about damaging roots because there aren’t many roots below the clump. If your spade has a strong handle, you can simply start lifting while undercutting, otherwise just undercut around the whole thing. Once you got the clump undercut, simply start lifting. The whole thing will come up in a single piece. You may loose a few fringe pieces but again, no big deal. Now that you have it out of the ground, you can divide if you please. Chances are, you probably will because the clump will be considerable. I had 3 clumps that were well over 2-3 feet around. To divide, you can simply place the spade at the top and drive it down to chop it in half or fourths. Now find a new spot and replant by simply digging a hole a little bigger than the clump or give some away. There will be plenty to give away if you want. You can also replant some of the fringe pieces if you want to salvage those as well. They will keep quite well in glass of water if you can’t replant right away or saving them to give away.
That’s all there is to it. You will probably have to repeat the process in 2 years as the clumps grow incredibly fast and get pretty big.