Replanting your flowers can be daunting. Moving your plants from one location to another is quite sensitive and as such, some very important steps need to be taken to ease them in. Before delving in, note that this isn’t a blanket approach - some flowers won’t respond to everything we’ve listed below.
Before even thinking about transplanting your flowers, you need to scope out the new site and ensure it meets the necessary requirements. For the most part, flowers will be able to survive if surrounding conditions are adequate. To be on the safe side, do some research on the flower in question to figure out what it needs in terms of temperature, sunlight, water, and the type of soil. If you are still unsure, give the flower a test run by placing it outside while it's still in the pot.
It's all about timing with flowers. You can’t just transplant your flowers at any stage of their life. The dormancy phase is the perfect time to get flowers ready for replanting. So how do you know when flowers are in their dormant phase? For one, the buds are not yet fully formed. When a flower is directing resources to bloom, it won’t have sufficient energy to take root in new soil.
Dig up the soil you’re planning to replant in, because you cannot simply stick flowers in and expect them to grow out. It's important to break down (or get rid of) any rocks in the soil because they can hinder growth. You should equally take out this time to mix in any manure or compost you have to hand. This will ensure that the soil is fertile enough to nurture your plants as they adapt to new ground. Once the soil is in check, the rest will pretty much fall in place.
Now for the actual move! Luckily, it's a lot easier than you think (once you know what to do). Start by putting one hand right on top of the potted soil at the base of the plant. Then with the other hand, bend the pot over so the flower can freely slide out of it, together with the soil. A few taps may be needed to really get all the soil out. This is a much gentler method than simply pulling out the plant from the pot, as doing it that way could destroy the roots in the process.
The act of replanting is equally not as straightforward as digging a just hole and throwing the flowers in! You need to make sure that the hole is not dug too deep; this can stifle the plant. Also, see to it that the base is not packed with soil. The area should be aerated to ensure that the roots can breathe. Once that's done, go ahead and pat the soil just enough to ensure it can stand upright - but again, not too tightly, so that the plant can breathe. And voila! You’ve replanted your flowers!
By Miles Warner 21 September 2020