How to Transplant Outdoor Plants


Outdoor plants need transplanting for a variety of reasons. They may be doing poorly in their current environment due to too much or too little sun or high winds, or they may be too large or too small and slow-growing for their location. The same plant can thrive in a new location. Transplant either in the spring or fall. If possible, wait for an overcast day to avoid stressing out the plant from too much sun.

Step 1

Water your outdoor plant until the ground becomes saturated for two days prior to transplanting. This helps the roots loosen from the soil, making transplanting easier.

Step 2

Select a new location for your outdoor plant that better suits its growing needs.

Step 3

Dig a hole in the new location that is twice the size of the plant's rootball. Remove rocks and weeds from the hole.

Step 4

Dig your plant out of its location using a shovel. Dig down around the plant's roots and then angle in. Lift the plant out and inspect its roots. Trim the ends of any broken or damaged roots with clippers, cutting at a 45-degree angle.

Step 5

Carry the plant to its new location. Place it in the ground so it sits at the same depth as it was planted previously.

Step 6

Backfill the hole with soil. Firm the soil gently around the plant roots.

Step 7

Water the ground until the soil compresses around the plant roots and the ground becomes saturated.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Clippers
  • Water


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