Re: [gardeners] transplanting question

Billie Hinton (
Fri, 27 Oct 2000 13:13:04 -0400

>I move things around a lot -- it's cheaper than buying new ones, as my wife
>says.  I can't seem to get the hang of putting things where they'll look
>nice the first time.  Or the second time.
>What I do is dig the new hole first.  Sometimes I make it a little deeper
>than it needs to be and put a mixture of  compost or manure and soil in the
>bottom.  If I remember, I water the hole before the plant goes in.
>Then I dig up the plant, getting as much of the roots as possible, and
>leaving as much dirt on the roots as I can.  I put the plant in the new
>hole, it should be a little higher than it was, fill in around it, then pack
>it down so the plant is well seated in the new hole, and (hopefully) at the
>same level it was before.  Then I water it thoroughly.
>Usually it's best to move them when they're not actively growing.  Sometimes
>it's good to cut the top back some so the roots have less to support.  I
>hope this helps; maybe someone else can advise on the specific plants you

Yes, very helpful. That's pretty much what I did with the butterfly bush,
though I think it was growing when I moved it...:/  It died out that year
but came back beautifully the next!

That gives me a month or so before I have to get to work - which is just
fine with me, given the rate the leaves are falling right now - all I can
do to keep up with them with the mower...

Thank you!


Billie Hinton