How to Transfer a Hanging Plant to Another Hanging Container


Transplanting any plant requires patience and tolerance of the inevitable mess of this gardening procedure. Moving a hanging plant to a new container requires comparison between the two containers to allow plenty of room for plants to grow and thrive. Transferring a hanging plant to another hanging container provides the gardener the opportunity to check the root growth of the existing plant and, if necessary, divide the plant to limit growth.

Step 1

Check the bottom of the new hanging container for drainage holes. Poke a few holes into the bottom of the container using a screwdriver and hammer, if necessary.

Step 2

Fill the new hanging container halfway with fresh potting soil.

Step 3

Slip a trowel into the planter and carefully scoop out some of the soil around the plant. Put the old soil in the compost pile or trash. Remove enough soil to expose the roots of the hanging plant.

Step 4

Grasp the plant with both hands at the base of the main stem directly above the root mass. Lift gently and pull the plant free from the hanging container. Don't be surprised if roots have attached to the drainage holes or line the inside of the pot. Still holding the plant over the old container, shake off as much old potting soil as possible.

Step 5

Place the plant into the new hanging container to determine planting depth. Mimic the previous planting depth to create less shock for the plant. Placement should allow the top of the root ball to lie about 2 to 3 inches below the hanging container rim.

Step 6

Add 1 inch of soil above the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water around the base of the plant with the watering can without getting the plant leaves wet. Water the plant until water drips out of the drainage holes to create even moisture throughout the planter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid transferring old potting soil to a new container since the plant has used most of the old soil's available nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Hand trowel
  • Potting soil
  • Watering can


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  • Auburn University: Flowering Hanging Baskets
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Currently studying for her Maryland master gardener certification, Sharon Heron has written professionally since 2006. Her writing includes hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics including gardening, environment, golf, parenting, exercise, finances and consumer how-to articles.