How to Transplant Virginia Bluebells


Virginia bluebells, also called Virginia cowslips, grow 1 to 2 feet tall. They produce pink buds in spring which bloom into blue, bell-shaped flowers soon after. This perennial dies back quickly after blooming, so it is often planted in between other, more robust plants. It does not survive well in full sun or in certain soil conditions. Although transplanting is difficult, it may be necessary to keep the plant alive.

Step 1

Observe your Virginia bluebells to ascertain whether they absolutely need transplanting. They do not like disturbance after planting, and you should transplant these flowers only if they absolutely need it.

Step 2

Dig with a spade, leaving a wide berth around the flowers in order to encompass all the roots. Do not worry about cutting a few roots, as this is bound to happen.

Step 3

Lift the clump of soil containing the Virginia bluebells out of the ground. Place it on burlap and keep it moist as you transport it to its new location.

Step 4

Dig a hole in the new location that is the size of the soil clump. Place the clump in the hole, making sure that it is even with soil level. Tamp the soil down around the flowers.

Step 5

Water the transplanted Virginia bluebells deeply after planting. Water again when the soil dries slightly. Do not over-water; keeping the soil soaked will kill the bluebells.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Burlap
  • Water


  • University of Tennessee: Virginia Bluebells
  • Iowa State University: Native Woodland Wildflowers for the Home Garden
  • Washington State University: Propagating Perennials
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