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How to Transplant Ground Cover Myrtle

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When you have a lush and dense shady spot filled with beautiful ground cover myrtle, you may wish to transplant some of the plants to a new growing area to spread the beauty of this herbaceous perennial. Ground cover myrtle (also called periwinkle and vinca minor) is a suitable choice for covering many areas in a landscape because it grows readily amongst a variety of other plants. Transplant ground cover myrtle in the spring as the plant is leaving the dormancy stage.

Prepare a new growing area for the ground cover myrtle. Cultivate the soil down to a depth of 4 to 6 inches with the garden spade. Add 2 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work the compost in well with the garden spade. Rake the soil surface smooth.

Dig staggered holes for the ground cover myrtle, spacing each hole approximately 10 to 12 inches apart in the prepared area. Planting in staggered rows will enable the plants to grow and cover a planting area more quickly. Instead of straight rows, stagger the rows so every other planting row is offset from the surrounding rows. Make a hole for each plant you will transplant, and make the holes deep enough to enable the ground cover myrtle plants to be at the same depth as they were previously growing.

Remove the myrtle from its existing location. Insert the shovel into the soil 2 to 3 inches away from the center of the plant. Push the shovel gently down into the soil and angle the shovel beneath the root system to remove the plant from the soil. Transfer each ground cover myrtle plant to the wheelbarrow as you remove it from the soil.

Transport the ground cover myrtle plants to the new growing location immediately. Place each ground cover myrtle into a prepared hole and fill soil in around the roots to finish planting each plant.

Water the transplanted ground cover myrtle plants immediately after you transplant them. Keep the ground cover myrtle evenly moist for two to three weeks while the plants acclimate to their new growing location.

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