Lily of the valley is a beautiful sweet smelling bell-shaped flower, which returns to the garden every spring to gift us with it’s presence.

This perennial cottage garden plant is easily transplanted, if done the right way, and placed in the right location.

The plant has been identified as invasive in some locations. Prior to transplanting check to make sure it is not considered invasive in your area.

The flowers spread via rhizomes, which produce many upright stems that are referred to as pips.

Transplanting Lily of the valley during early growth, and before blooming, is ideal but not always possible.

If you don’t catch the plants early enough it’s still okay, you can transplant at any time during the growth period successfully, as these plants are very hardy.

Lily of the Valley pips can be planted individually or en masse, especially if dug up as a clump.

If you are transplanting from an existing patch, transplanting the plants is extremely simple.

Place the shovel approximately four to six inches away from the edge of the plant, and dig down and around the plant at approximately four to six inches deep.

Scoop the clump out with your shovel, it’s as simple as that. Individual plants are easily separated, or you can plant the whole clump as it is.

 Sometimes the individual plants will break away from the edge of the clump, and can be transplanted individually.

Plant in a shady location, in rich loamy soil. Plant the crown and roots of Lily of the valley approximately one inch below the soil level.

Lily of the valley multiplies freely and easily via underground rhizome spread. As long as they are placed in a good location they will be content and grow well.

For more information, see the tutorial!