Conostylis candicans is a local sedge that grows in sand dunes and thrives in sandy Perth coastal gardens with no summer watering.
Soon the Back Paddock will become a building site and I had to move these plants. This view (below) along the east fence of the Back Paddock is from October last year. After the silver leaved Conostylis finished flowering I transplanted them one by one. I’m starting them in pots so I can plant them in my new garden when building is finished.
This is a delicate operation because of the summer heat. With some extra loving care, these lush sedges are readying themselves for a new life.
Transplanting any monocot (grasses and strappy leaved plants) is easy because their roots regrow if they are cut.
Xanthorrhoea are monocots and are transplanted in this way (on a grander scale).
I dug around the root ball
And loosened all round the plant
The whole plant easily lifts out of the sandy soil
The roots of Conostylis are sticky and sand sticks to them
The dog thinks he’s helping
I made sure the pot is big enough for the plant
Half filled with potting mix
Soaked the potting mix with water
Tennis balls are integral at this stage
I placed the plant and watered the roots well
I slowly added potting mix so the plant is at the right level and all the roots are covered, watering all the time. Transplanting stresses the plant and a lot of water helps mitigate this
I pruned the dead flower heads
And mulched them to add to the compost
I water the plants every day in summer to ensure they survive the heat. The recent rain was a welcome boost.