Transplant Shock - Seedlings and Plants
Transplant shock is a common occurrence, when transplanting any type of plant.
We most often think of transplant shock when planting garden seedlings, both
store bought and home started seedlings, outdoors in the spring. Transplant
shock can also occur when digging up and replanting any established plants.
Common examples are rose bushes, lilac bushes and small trees.
The plant propagation method of "Plant Division", can also result in transplant
shock. Plant division is where overcrowded bulbs or perennials are dug up,
separated into smaller groups, then re-planted into a new area.
Did You Know? Moving plants indoors in the fall, can result in a form
of transplant shock, as your potted plant accustoms itself to its new, indoor
environment. The most common sign of houseplant transplant shock, is
The good news is, transplanting shock can be minimized, and often avoided
Do you want to learn how to avoid transplant shock? Read on..............
Transplanting Shock Causes and Cures:
||How to Avoid and Minimize:
|Roots are Disturbed
||Plant wilts, leaves drop
||Seedlings: Use peat pots. Keep plant in the peat pot at planting,
eliminating this cause entirely.
Established Plants: Dig deeper and wider, to capture more roots intact.
Remove up to 1/3 of plant foliage.
|Frost or significantly lower temperatures
||Plant slows down, stunts or dies
||Seedlings: Delay planting until warmer weather,
off plants before transplanting, use hot caps, frost covers, or row covers
on cool and cold nights.
Established Plants: Usually not a transplant problem.
||Seedlings: Plant in cooler weather, provide temporary shade cover,
keep soil moist, use sprinkler to cool down plants in midday.
Established Plants: Keep soil moist..
|Sunlight too intense
||Plant wilts, leaves scald or burn
||Seedlings: Plan transplanting for cloudy days, provide shade cover,
keep soil moist.
Established Plants: Remove up to 1/3 of plant foliage, keep soil moist.
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