How to Transplant Outdoor Plants

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Transplanting involves cutting into the ground at a large radius around the plant before pulling out the root ball and replacing it quickly to its new location. Move plants from one spot to another with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on outdoor plants.

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Hi! This is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to transplant outdoor plants. So my rule of thumb is you can transplant any plant that can survive the winter in your area year round. There's really no rules as to the wrong time. Ideally you should transplant a plant when it's not blooming. As soon as it's done blooming or in the winter, early spring, whenever it's dormant is the best time. But even if it's growing I have found if you think about it, do it then 'cos if you put it off you won't get to it. And transplanting is easy as digging it up and moving it to another area. It's very simple. So these calla lilies are going to get crowded here and I thought I would move some over there and fill it in a little more. And so when you're transplanting a plant, you don't want to dig right up to this down 'cos you're going to cut into the roots. You want to go at least six inches to a foot around it. So when I dig in, too, I try to go all way round the plant and just loosen the soil, careful not to hurt the plants around it and then just kind of loosen it up and go all the way around it. And the trick is to really loosen it up so you're not going to have a risk of breaking it off 'cos there's nothing like trying to transplant something then you gotta divide it and you lift it up and the roots are totally been separated. So, too, I like to separate a lot of the dirt, too, so that you've got a lot of the root, you're not moving the dirt that you can leave where you found it. Once you dig up a plant, either put it in a container or a bucket or put it in the ground immediately. Plants don't like to be out of the ground for very long. So, when I turn in around and I'm going to plant it, same deals. I want to make the hole at least a few inches even six inches bigger than the plant I'm planting so that you can work it up and that has room for the roots to grow. And then if it's got a lot of roots you can always trim down the roots a bit, too, because they like to grow new rows, roots and then you turn around and just plant it back again. As long as it's, the roots are covered and the foliage is exposed. And my rule of thumb for bulbs or roots is about three inches of soil on top. And you want to plant groups of plants together, not by themselves in the corner because they haven't done anything wrong, you don't want to put 'em in time out. But transplanting is a really easy way to maintain your garden and whenever you've got empty spots, too, just turn around, dig some plants up from a crowded spot, put it in your empty spots and you will find that your garden will fill in in no time at all.


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