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Q.Piece Dug Up And Transplanted In June To New Home- Isn’t Doing Well.

Zone Ottawa Ontario canada | Beamish55 added on June 8, 2020 | Answered

I know it’s not the best time to transplant-but no choice. They were out of the ground all of about two hours. Put them in a spot with limited sun. Dug deep in clay added loads of good drainage soil and added manure, watering them a lot but they look droopy and not happy. Anything I can do to help them settle?

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Answered on June 10, 2020

You don't mention what plant was transplanted. It will be hard to say what, exact, care will be needed.

Generally, though, the more that the roots are disturbed, the harder it is for the plant to recover. It is imperative that watering be done properly for recovery to happen.

The important thing will be to let the soil dry out down to about an inch, pretty thoroughly, between waterings. This will give the roots just enough time to breath but not let them dry out, which give the plant the best chance for recovery.

If heat is an issue, then shade will be your heat reliever, rather than extra water.

Here is an article to help you mitigate transplant shock:


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Answered on June 10, 2020

Thought I was in a rhubarb forum so didn’t mention that my transplanted piece is a a rhubarb.
Thank you! Pat

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