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Handy tips on transferring plants!
You’ve been to the nursery, arrived home with hundreds of beautiful new specimens, and you’re ready to start filling your flowerbeds. All you need to do is pull off the pots, dig a hole and stick your plants in, right? Wrong. If you want to get the best from your plants and give them a good start in their new home, then there are a few important steps to take.
When you get home, the first step is to place your plants in a bucket of water to ensure that all roots are well hydrated. This will reduce the amount of stress that you’ll place on your plant when moving it into your flowerbed. For extremely dry plants, you can do this for up to 12 hours.
Remove the pot from the root ball with care, squeezing pots to loosen them and tapping gently on both the top and bottom to ease them off the roots without causing damage. Many plants bought in nurseries can be extremely pot bound, with roots wrapping around each other because they have nowhere else to grow. Using your fingers, carefully tease out some of the roots so that when they’re in the ground they begin to grow into the soil.
Once you’ve dug a hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface, fill in the hole with a mix of soil and fertiliser, taking care to firm the soil down with the heel of your boot. Finally, water your plant well to help it settle.