Much like humans, trees suffer from stress, too. Any tree or plant that is uprooted will experience some degree of stress from the move. While young plants transplant fairly well, established trees with deeply entwined roots and growing in position for more than five years, will be much more tricky to move. If carried out correctly, the shock of a plant relocation can be lessened and help the plant thrive in its new position.
- Deciduous plants: Any time from late October to mid-March is the most suitable time to uproot shrubs or trees and to minimise upheaval, as during the dormant season, plants start to lose their leaves and the branches become bare.
- Evergreens: Best moved during October or late March when the soil starts to warm up again. A calm and dull day will be perfect to keep the roots from drying out.
Best Tips To Practise During Plant Relocation and Aftercare
- Before the move, water the soil well and trim the excess leaves or remove flowers if needed, so that the plant’s energy can go into recovery.
- Open the lids of the packing boxes as soon as the plant is relocated to the new premises to make sure it receives enough sunlight and fresh air.
- Place each plant in the location it enjoys most. For instance, succulents, yuccas or leafy rainforest natives, such as the light shade, absolutely love to be bathed in light. Move them to a sunny position near a window to get the most exposure to the sun.
- Feeding a dose of general houseplant fertiliser in accordance to your plant’s needs will boost their nutrients level.
- When newly planted, especially during dry spells, make sure that the soil is moist and the plant is watered thoroughly.
- During winter months, evergreens still need to be watered, especially after planting. However, avoid watering in frosty weather.
- A plant will take somewhere from a few days to a few weeks to recover and adjust to their new surroundings, so be patient and pay extra attention to their changes during this time.
A plant relocation may falter even with the best-laid plans due to the plant’s maturity and as a consequence of root disturbance, replanting sometimes offers a better solution. If you have a mature tree or a large number of plants or shrubs on your hands for your move, consider a contractor or a specialised plant relocation company to help give them the best start in their new home
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