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7 Common Mistakes When Moving and Transplanting Your Plants

Plant Transplanting
You have put a lot of time and effort into growing and tending to your plants, therefore moving and leaving behind all that botanical beauty can be difficult. The good news is you can take your plants with you. However, this might not be an easy undertaking. Any wrong move could kill your plants.

Here are a few mistakes to avoid when moving and transplanting your plants.

1. Not Preparing the Plants for the Move 

Like everything else in your house, your plants need some prepping prior to the move. Three weeks before moving, carefully uproot plants from ceramic pots and repot in light plastic pots.

A week before the move, check that your plants are free of insects and parasites. A moving company that agreed to transport your plants may change their mind if your plants pose a health risk.

A few days before the move, water your plants as usual but avoid overwatering.

2. Using the Wrong Packing Material 

Use paper packaging to allow plants to breathe. Place each potted plant in a box and stuff paper around to secure the plants in place. Poke small holes in the box and keep the lid open to ensure the plants are adequately aerated.

Place the boxes in an upright position and clearly label them to keep them safe during the move.

3. Exposing Plants to Extreme Temperatures 

Try to transport your plants in an air-controlled environment such as your car. If possible, crack a window every now and then to keep plants from overheating.

Over summer, water your plants before and during the journey. In winter, water your plants a few days before the move and do not expose them to too much cold.

4. Transporting Plants That Are Too Large

Transporting large plants can be challenging. If you must go with the plant, consider making a cutting and inserting it into a water-absorbing form. With a little care, you can successfully transplant cuttings in your new garden.

5. Transplanting in the Wrong Season 

If you are looking to relocate with your plants, plan your move for a season that will allow you to successfully replant the plants. Experts recommend replanting in fall or early spring when most plants are dormant and temperatures are favorable.

Nevertheless, the ideal planting date will largely depend on the type of plant and the prevailing environmental conditions where you are relocating.

6. Failing to Prepare the New Soil

Be sure that the soil in your new garden is ideal for your plants. Test the soil pH before replanting then take the necessary steps to adjust.

If you want to undertake an extensive landscaping project, consider talking with a local extension officer or horticulturalist to ensure that your botanicals thrive.

7. Mishandling Transplants

Tend to your transplant carefully to avoid injuries. Carry plants by the root ball or container, and shade the plants from the elements during planting time.

Avoid pulling the plant out of the container. Instead, use the right gardening tool to cut the container and remove the plant. Untangle roots and carefully place the transplant into a large enough planting hole, ensuring the trunk remains straight.

If you are moving across state lines, check the applicable regulations for importing plants. With good planning and a little tender loving care, your plants should thrive in their new home.

If you are looking for effective tools for your small or large gardening project, speak to the experts at Hudson Rentals. You will help you find the right tools for the job at any of our three locations in Anderson, Muncie, or New Castle.