How to Transplant Black-Eyed Susan

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The black-eyed Susan is a wildflower that can thrive in almost any soil condition. When transplanting, taking careful steps to provide extra nutrients and favorable conditions will ensure that the black-eyed Susan thrives in its new area. Transplant when the flower is dormant, such as in early spring or late fall, and allow time for the roots to become established. In some cases, black-eyed Susans will not bloom in the year after transplanting but will eventually return.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Hose
  • Gardening shears

How to Transplant Black-Eyed Susan

  • Ensure that the soil you will be transplanting your black-eyed Susan to is prepared with fertilizer. Dig holes for the flowers about 1 feet apart if you are transplanting more than one.

  • Use a hose to water the soil where the black-eyed Susan is currently planted. Wait about one hour for the water to saturate and loosen the roots.

  • Dig out as much of the roots of the black-eyed Susan as possible. Shake the plant gently to remove any excess dirt from the root system.

  • Use gardening shears to cut away any dead growth of the roots.

  • Place the black-eyed Susan into its new hole. Pack the soil gently around the base of the stem.

  • Water the black-eyed Susan frequently.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best time to transplant black-eyed Susans is in the fall when the plant is dormant. This will allow the roots to become well-established in their new spot by the time spring arrives.
  • Black-eyed Susans will typically thrive in most soil conditions, but fertilizer can be beneficial to newly transplanted flowers.
  • You can add more fertilizer or mulch after transplanting your black-eyed Susan to provide more nutrients.
  • Transplanting black-eyed Susans while they are blooming can cause the flowers to wither away.

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