Re: Moving plants in the summer

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Posted by Newt on July 10, 2003 at 16:49:52:

In Reply to: Moving plants in the summer posted by Harry on July 07, 2003 at 09:22:57:

: Hi,

: We are moving house this summer and intend to take a lot of the plants with us.

: As this is not the ideal time of the year to move plants, do you have any advice or tips to try and keep them alive.

: Thank your for your help.

Hi Harry,

Here's what I've done. If you have pots that you can put them into as you dig them up, that would be best. Maybe you can find a landscaping company or nursery that does planting and get their castoffs.

Water well the day before you dig so plants are well hydrated. Dig early in the day or late in the day when the air is cooler. Best done on a cloudy day. It is also best to remove any flowers before you dig so that the diminished root system won't have to support flowers. Cut back any plants that have already bloomed. Dig as much as the rootball as possible and plant in pots. Water well once in the pots before they dry out. Keep plants grouped together in the shade, even if they are sun lovers. It will be easier to water them and they won't dry out so quickly.

If you don't have pots, the plastic bags that you get groceries in will do if only for a short time. Make sure that the new site is well prepared with compost and that mulch is on hand to keep the soil moisture even after planting. Also best to plant in a cloudy day as well.

Best of luck in your new home and garden. Feel free to write with any other questions.
Newt

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