How to make a transplant last

Next, break up the root ball a bit. If the roots have been trained to grow in circles in the pot. You don't want that in your garden. Add a bit of water to the bottom of the hole and if you like a small amount of fertilizer. Too much fertilizer can kill the plant. Fill the hole with soil while holding the plant up straight. Pack the soil around the root ball and water thoroughly.

For the next few days, water the plants every day. The most important thing to remember when transplanting is to be very gentle with the plants to avoid shock. Drastic changes in temperature, moisture, or too much direct sun during the transplanting process can cause shock. And, over the course of the summer, enjoy your garden!

Anne Lenox Barlow has had experience in the agricultural field as a horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. She can be reached by e-mail at a.lennox.barlow@gmail.com.

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