How to Remove & Replant Vegetable Plants


Ideally, established vegetable plants should not be moved. But sometimes it is necessary to replant an established plant. During the replanting process, plants can experience shock and problems reestablishing themselves in the new garden area. The key to successful replanting is to prepare the soil where the plant will be placed, quickly replant the vegetable plant after removing it from its original soil, and watering the plant thoroughly--especially in the first few days after replanting.

Step 1

Till the soil where the vegetable will be replanted. Use a rake or rototiller to till the soil 8 inches deep, digging until the soil is loose. Continue along a straight line to complete one row at a time. At the end of each row, turn and till to the opposite end.

Step 2

Sort through the soil by hand to remove any rocks or weeds.

Step 3

Shovel a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost or manure onto the top of the soil. Use a wheelbarrow to transport the compost or manure through the garden.

Step 4

Re-till the garden area to incorporate the compost or manure. Work in rows until the area is completely tilled. Rake the soil until it appears even.

Step 5

Water the soil until it appears well saturated.

Step 6

Dig a hole large enough for the roots and base of the plant.

Step 7

Dig around the perimeter of the vegetable plant. Dig 2 to 3 inches away from the plant, and work the soil until you see the plant lifting from the soil.

Step 8

Pull the vegetable plant from the soil by its base, being careful not to disturb the roots.

Step 9

Set the plant in the hole. Pack the soil lightly around the plant.

Step 10

Water the transplant thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Compost or manure


  • Colorado State University Extension: Tilling Your Soil
  • Lowes: Testing and Improving Your Soil
  • University of Florida Extension: Starting the Garden with Transplants
Keywords: replanting vegetables, transplanting plants, moving vegetables

About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.