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How to Replant Flowers

By Stephanie Green ; Updated September 21, 2017

When flowers outgrow their original containers or sites, need a different growing site or need to re-populate, it’s time to replant them. Replanting flowers is essential to producing flowers that continue to bloom and provides an economical way to add flowers to your landscape. With a little care and when done at the right time, gardeners can easily replant flowers to a new home.

Replant flowers during their dormant season. (This is usually early spring or late fall.) Allow at least four to six weeks, before the first frost, for the roots to become established for fall replanting. Allow approximately six weeks for roots to settle in for spring replanting. Plan replanting for a cloudy day when rain is forecast to follow.

Prepare the plant ahead of time before replanting it. Water it a day or two before replanting it. Trim the plant’s foliage and stems using either your hands to pinch them away or use a pair of gardening shears. Plan and prepare the site or container for the plant’s new home before removing it from its current location.

Use a hand shovel, for small flowers, or a pointed shovel for large ones and dig along each side of the flower. Lift the entire flower with the shovel. Shake off any lose soil. Remove any dead stems or leaves. Place the flower into a pail of water if you are not ready to immediately replant it in the new location.

Place the flower in its new container or the ground, at the same depth as the previous site. Cover the roots well with soil. Pack the soil to remove any air pockets. Water the plant thoroughly.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel

About the Author


Stephanie Green is a writer with more than 10 years of experience. Her work has been published in various lifestyle and trade publications, covering parenting, gardening and human-interest stories. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.