• How to Transplant Plants and Shrubs
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at
  • If you have a shrub or a bush to move, don't worry--the move can be made easier than you may think. Typically, smaller bushes will transplant better than larger, more established plants.

    Spring is generally the best time to transplant shrubs and bushes. During this time, there is more moisture is in the soil, the weather is cool and plants grow quickly. Even so, some transplanted plants can go into shock for up to a year following the transplant, meaning they will produce little or no foliage or flowers. If this occurs, normal growth should resume the following year.

    Transplanting Guide

    1) Trim back the plant to be transplanted. Cut back about one-third of the entire plant. With less plant to support, your shrub or bush can focus more on re-establishing its root system once in its new home.

    2) Dig deep and wide around the plant so it can be easily removed. The goal is to keep as many roots intact as possible resulting in less shock.

    3) Many people are tempted to shake the soil from the root system after removing the plant. Do not do this. While it may make it easier to transport, it can break the root system.

    4) The hole at the new location should be two times bigger than the plant's root system.

    5) Be sure to use an ample blend of organic soil condition and soil in the new hole.

    6) Gently set the plant in its new hole. Examine the plant to see which side looks best for positioning purposes.

    7) Make sure the bush is planted at the same depth it was originally.

    8) Fill the hole with a mixture of soil condiditoner and soil. Be sure that the plant doesn't tilt in the hole.

    9) After you fill the hole, press down firmly on the soil.

    10) Water deeply and thoroughly. The soil should be moist at all times for three to four weeks after transplanting. A two to three inch layer of mulch will help keep the soil moist.

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