Congratulations, your leafy friends are growing up! However, one big question remains – how to successfully move plants from pots to a garden bed without any casualties?
In a perfect world, the day will eventually come when your plants will outgrow their pot. Roots require room to move and breathe, with the end goal often being a big, colourful and happy garden for you to spend your days in.
However, exposing your plant’s roots to the open air can be risky business, so there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to plant transportation.
Tips On How To Successfully Move Plants
Check Compatibility – If you’re moving a potted plant from a partially shaded area into a garden bed with full sun (or vice versa) – there’s a high chance of plant trauma. It doesn’t hurt to move the plant into the destination while still in its pot for a few days, to allow it time to adjust to the new conditions.
Prepare The Soil – If you’re introducing a plant into an area with poor or lower soil quality, then think about adding some compost into your garden bed to build up the soil quality to give your plant the best chance.
The Perfect Hole – It’s a safe bet to ensure that your destination (hole in the garden) can fit both the pot and the plant. This will optimise your root strike chances (or the plant’s adaptability), allowing plenty of room to fill it in with extra soil if required.
The Transplant – A plant’s root system is as intricate and as delicate as the human brain. Avoid messing with your plant’s roots as much as possible. Unless it’s excessively rooted bound or tightly constricted, there’s no need to “tease” or pull out any roots prior to planting.
Aftercare – After transporting your plant from it’s pot into the garden bed, you’ll need to pay it extra attention for around four weeks – especially when it comes to watering. It’s during this period that your plant’s roots will expand out of it’s old root ball and adapt, so make sure you’re giving it it’s best shot at success in its new home.
Bonus Points For Success With Plant Transportation
While Bioweed resident agronomist Nick Sell is of course an avid plant lover, he also knows a thing or two when it comes to how to move plants successfully.
“Before you get started, it’s always a good idea to soak your pots. This will just avoid little hydrophobic or air pockets in your pot from transferring once you’ve planted into your soil. It’s also a good idea to add a liquid fertiliser like the Biotic Booster into your soaking mix. This will just give the roots an extra kick along before you put your plants into the garden.”
Organic liquid fertilisers like Biotic Booster are not only a safer option for you and your family, but also act as a nutrient booster for your garden trickle feed your plants nutrients. Unlike synthetic fertilisers that may burn your plants Biotic Booster contains fulvic and humic acid, these compounds attract nutrients from the soil and feed them directly to your plant.
Getting your plants to the stage where they can be transferred from pots into your garden deserves a massive pat on the back, so it’s important to make sure that you do everything you can in order to keep them happy.