You want to transplant large intack tap rooted
spotted (or diffuse) knapweed into your insectaries to raise Cyphocleonus
and Agapeta. After having pulled them, trimmed them, and moistened
them you need to rapidly get them into the ground with out them drying
out or getting too hot in the sunlight.
Make sure the transplant hole
is deep enough that the taproot will not be exposed after transplanting
and as the soil around the plant settles. This will cause the plant
to dry out and die.
Dig your holes
Make sure the plant is deep enough for the WHOLE tap root to be well
Carefully fill in the hole around the root. Being careful not
to have any air pockets, have the plant deep enough, and to not damage
the root or plant.
Finished transplant with a slight "well" or depression around it for
water to collect while watering. Now the hard part is keeping the
plant wet until it becomes well established (1-2 months).
Photos by T. Breitenfeldt. 6-02.
to knapweed insectary page mtwow.org