After this year, and all of the wonderful plants that I have received from a friend, I am a huge advocate of swapping plants. When I headed to my friends house to grab some of the plants that she so kindly split for me, I picked her brain about some of the best tips for transplanting success. Using these tips and a bit of research, my transplanted plants are thriving right now. Below are some of the things that I kept in mind when transplanting.
1. The best time to transplant a plant is when it is still dormant. In most cases, this is in early spring (before you see buds) or in the fall (after the leaves have fallen). Once the summer hits, transplantation becomes more difficult and chance for success diminishes.
2. When digging up a shoot from an existing bush or tree, try to get a good “root ball”. Attempt to dig so that you get a lot of soil around the roots as well as the entire root structure itself. The plant will be more easily introduced into your soil this way.
3. Plant as soon as you can in your landscaping or garden. The faster you get it back in the ground, the better chance of success you have.
4. Water the soil before placing the transplant in.
5. Water regularly after transplantation. Even if the plant you are transplanting may not necessarily be ones that you will water regularly in the coming years, make sure to water them every few days (or more if needed) until the roots are established, at least through the summer. It is most important to keep the soil by the roots consistently and evenly moist, so don’t over water either.
6. If the plant has roots that are fragile or if it is a “bare root” plant and really seem as though they will need some help re-rooting, use root hormone. I just read a bit about easily making your own root hormone from willow trees. Here is a good source for that. Alternatively, raw honey is found to be a good all natural rooting hormone as well!
7. Keep air pockets out. You want to make sure that there are no air pocket in the soil that you are transplanting in to. Make sure the soil is broken up and the hole is filled in properly.
8. Transplant on a cloudy day or at least in the early morning or afternoon. This is the least stressful time for them once the warmer weather starts to set in.
9. Get excited! Just think, next year you are going to have some rockin’ plants with plenty of stories to tell!
Do you have any tips to add to the list? I would love to hear more…
If you are looking for more information on Plant Swapping and how to start your transplanting adventure, check out my recent post here.