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  • Transplanting Plants and Flowers

    2 posts, 2 voices, 666 views, started Apr 25, 2010

    Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      Transplanting plants and flowers

      Why transplant?

      Sometimes, there are practical reasons for transplanting plants and flowers. Other times, the idea of change and difference is the driving force behind transplanting. A myriad of reasons are out there. If you‘re not sure about your reason, here is a list of reasons why you should transplant your flowers or plants.

      •Moving homes
      •Redesigning, Correcting, or Rearranging your garden
      •Relocating to a better spot in your yard (more sun or shade)
      •Avoiding roots from surrounding trees
      •Transferring potted plants and flowers to the garden
      •Alleviate crowding
      When to Transplant

      Your reasons for transplanting are clear now and there’s no turning back. Before you dive into the project, make sure your efforts are not in vain by transplanting at the wrong time. If you do not experience a change of seasons, anytime during the year should be fine to transplant flowers or plants. However, if you live in a less temperate climate, you’ll want to consider what time of year is optimal for transplanting.

      The best time to transplant in areas where all four seasons are experienced is early spring, when the soil has thawed or softened and can be worked easily. Autumn also is an option with the recommended times being late October through early November. Most plants, like rose bushes and hostas, are still in a dormant stage during early to mid-spring. Transplanting at this time lessen the chance of shocking the plant.


      Transplant shock is trauma experienced by the plant as a result of the transplanting process. Carefully considering the monthly as well as daily weather conditions and the plant’s growth cycle can minimize if not eliminate transplant shock. One way to minimize shock is not to expose the roots longer than necessary and make sure the roots are not dry.

      Let’s Transplant

      First, have the future flower bed or area already prepared. Next, dig a hole to accommodate your plant. Know that you‘re transplanting the roots with the soil still intact (known as a root ball). In order to keep this root ball intact during the process, soak the plant two days prior to digging or removing from the pot. The perfect day weather-wise will be a mild, calm, and cloudy day with rain in the forecast. If the conditions are right, extract the plant from the hole delicately. Feel around the root system to see if the plant is moving or if it is still anchored. When extracted quickly transport the plant to the prepared area. To maintain the root ball, wrap it in burlap or some other breathable material. Once the plant is in the hole, remove the burlap if present from the root ball, add bone meal, and fill in the hole, making sure to eliminate any air pockets.

      Now you should prune any excess growth and weak looking stems and branches. Prune at 45 degree angle and until you can see the whiteness of the branch. After planting and pruning, you should spray against fungus. At the very least, cover the bud union with soil to preserve it from drying.

      Tools of the Trade

      The following items and tools will probably be helpful if not necessary when transplanting:

      •Long bladed spade (sharp)
      •Sharp loppers
      •Small Trowel
      •Rose pruners
      •Bone Meal or other recommended fertilizer
      •Leather gloves
      •Wheelbarrow, wooden board, or plastic sheet to transport plant
      •Water (two large buckets for each plant)
      •Disinfecting sprays such as lime sulfur or funginex

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