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How do I transplant a 20 year old Satsuma tree?

We have a very large Satsuma tree which is at least 20 years old and was a gift from my father. We are moving and want to transplant the tree. We are currently in Southeast Texas and we will be ...
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What is this pink-flowering shrub in Massachusetts, and how can I transplant it?

This pink-flowering shrub is in the sun in central Massachusetts. It bloomed profusely throughout May and June, and produced a few buds again in the fall. It grew to about 4 feet before we pruned it. ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

It's been 2 weeks since I transplanted my chilli seedlings: Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing? They don't seem to have gotten over their transplant shock yet. Googling seems to mostly ...
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Do sumacs transplant well?

We are having difficulty sourcing sumacs (Rhus copallinum) larger than 6-7' locally, so we are considering digging some from an old field. We can find 8-10' plants in the ground fairly readily. Are ...
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Can I dig up a wilting Begonia in the garden and turn it into a houseplant?

I live in Massachusetts and have some begonias that have been very happy all summer planted in a mostly shady area of my garden. The recent cold nights have caused the flowers to fall and the leaves ...
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Do I need to change the irrigation for my Shamel Ash trees?

I have three Shamel Ashes in my yard, all planted at roughly the same time and all irrigated in the same way. Despite professional care they haven't shown any substantial growth in over a year. If ...
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What's the best way to transplant Malva sylvestris Zebrina?

This is a follow-up question concerning Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'. The plant has grown from seeds to more than 50 cm in height. I did not expect such a large specimen and would like to keep it around ...
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I planted seedlings with mint by accident… what do I do to save them?

Being a newb, I put a mint plant inside a small container, and then proceeded to plant spinach seeds inside it. I have since learned that mint grows rampantly and should be confined... My poor ...
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How much space do watermelon plants need? What do I need to know to transplant seedlings?

I have a row of watermelon seedlings, each separated by 2 inches, except that in several places two seedlings are growing together about half an inch apart (where I had sown two seeds in the same ...
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Can I tilt a plant when transplanting it from a pot to the ground?

I have an Apache Blackberry that has outgrown its pot. I am getting ready to transplant it into the ground. My concern is that the main cane has been growing diagonally in the pot. When I transplant ...
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Just transplated Zucchini and bean outside and noticing some white spots on leaves and brown stems

So a few days ago I transplanted my pole beans and Zucchini plants into containers. I'm noticing a few things on the plants. We had a heavy rain and some wind a few days after I transplanted them ...
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How do I know it's time to transfer my citrus (kumquat) to a bigger flowerpot?

I've sprouted kumquat from seed and planted it a small flowerpot. Now I have a stem and two pretty leaves. When do I transfer it to a bigger flowerpot? How big is big enough to have a flourishing ...
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Can a plant be too mature to transplant?

As spring approaches I keep trying to convince my friends that it is time to start thinking about germination. Their philosophy is to wait: we live in USDA zone 5 (coastal southern Maine) and ...
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When and how should I move deciduous ferns?

When is the best time to move a fern? It's a deciduous species, maybe a shuttlecock fern. Also can I divide the plant while I'm doing it?
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Can I move a 13 year old Wisteria from the ground to a container?

My Wisteria has been growing well in its current spot for about 13 years but has become too large for the fence that first supported it. It measures about 6ft and I would like to re-position it to ...
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Mint leaves yellow after transplant

I have hard clay soil and live in hardiness zone 5. I planted some mint in a garden bed, which did well for a few months. Now, I moved it into the clay soil itself, and the leaves yellowed at the ...
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How to safely distribute closely growing chili pepper seedlings around a bigger pot?

I have a pot of very closely growing chili pepper seedlings and I'd like to distribute them around a bigger pot, but I don't think their roots will allow easy separation. Is there some way I could ...
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transplanting seedlings, why? why not put straight in ground?

I just started gardening, and I'm getting really into it. I live in an apartment and I've been planting seeds in containers and putting them on my balcony. I read the instructions on the seed packet ...
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When should I replant Home depot (Bonnie) tomato plants

I've brought few tomato plants from home depot (Bonnie brand) and they are 5 to 8 inches tall and their roots start poking out from the bottom (and sides) of their (3" and 4") containers. Seems like ...
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What is this bush/tree and can it be heavily pruned?

I have this growing in our back yard here in the Pacific North West US: (Photo taken in late March) It's full of these drooping white flowers and (what I think are) new red leaves. Feels kind of ...
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When to transplant spruce tree sprout from a small bucket

I have a small sprout (30‒40 cm) of some species of spruce tree that is native (or at least welcome) to the Rocky Mountains of North America (purchased from the local Fish and Game Department’s nature ...
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When is the best time of year to transplant established strawberries?

I've got a 4 foot by 8 foot bed of Mara des Bois strawberries that's been growing for about 4 years now. Due to excessive heat the last two years about half the plants have died. I would like to dig ...
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When transplanting asparagus seedlings should part of the stem be buried?

I know it is a good idea to bury part of the stem of tomatoes when transplanting as they will sprout new roots along the stem. I am wondering if something similar applies to asparagus. My asparagus ...
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Transplanting indoor vegetable starts outside

Last year, I tried to start most of my vegetable garden inside while it was still cool outside. This included peas, corn, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, pumpkins, and zucchini. Once it warmed up, I ...
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Is there any truth behind planting by phases of the moon?

A book I've been skimming through recently, How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, talks about this, and I've also heard it mentioned, and read about it several other places--perhaps most notably the ...
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Can a large-ish Elaeagnus be transplanted?

I have eight or so Elaeagnus growing in front of my house. They're five years old and growing quite well; I have to trim them several times a year to keep them under four feet. I just don't think ...
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When should Broccoli seeds be sown indoors for spring planting in Minnesota?

When should I sow my broccoli seeds indoors and when should I transplant outside?
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Is it time to repot my desk plant?

Here's the plant that sits on my desk: It is, I believe, a money tree. I've had it for about four months and seen some pretty substantial growth - 4-6 inches of overall height and many many new ...
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How to manipulate a cactus with thick long spines?

I'm thinking of buying a cactus. Shops have a lot of those and one of the variables is the size and density of spines. Cacti with rare huge spines (something like 15 millimeters long and about 1 ...
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My basil had a shock after transplanting. What did I do wrong?

First a little backstory: I bought the basil at a supermarket, where it came in a small plastic vase. I kept it in this vase for three weeks. During these three weeks, I did the following: kept it ...
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Can portulacas be overwintered indoors?

My portulaca is growing a clump of short stems at the base of the plant like a sedum. The sedums use this to grow the next years growth. Could I dig my portulaca up and overwinter it indoors? Update: ...
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What is a good method for transplanting an established gooseberry bush?

My fiancee is moving in with me, and would like to bring her gooseberry bush along, since it makes excellent jam, and the melomel (mead) that we made with the gooseberries appears to be promising as ...
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How can I safely transplant blueberry bushes planted in the spring before the winter hits?

If all goes according to plan, I will be moving this winter to another location. I currently have two blueberry bushes I planted last spring, purchased from Gurney's. I'm wondering what the ...
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Should I separate and transplant basil seedlings?

I have begun to grow basil for the first time. Basically all I did was open a packet of seeds and throw them into a flower pot that’s about 20cm wide/round. The seeds have germinated and have started ...
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When should I plant out a peach sapling?

When is the best time to plant out a peach sapling? I have been trying my hand at growing cuttings from peach tree prunings, and eventually(*) have one that is almost big enough to plant out. I'll ...
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Is there any harm in not disentangling the roots from a root-ball when transferring a plant/tree from a pot to the ground?

I've always thought that the right way to transfer a plant/tree to the ground is to dig a hole twice as big as the root-ball, free the roots that've been growing in a limited space and set it level ...
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What are some resources for region-dependent planting schedule/calender?

Is there a website that has planting calendars for various regions? Is this sort of information more typically acquired through books, or just by word of mouth? I'd like to have a list of crops, ...
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Any special steps which should be taken when transplanting a potato bush?

We've got a large potato bush that we would like to move from one part of our yard to another. Are there any special steps that we should take to ensure a successful moving? The bush is 8-10 feet ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

I know that tomatoes should be transplanted deeper than they were in the previous pot. When I'm potting up broccoli and cabbage, are they the same way? Can I bury part of the stem when I go from a ...
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Is there a good technique for transplanting medium-maturity pumpkin vines?

Pumpkin vines tend to drop roots at each major leaf along the vine. I need to transplant several pumpkin vines that have dropped established roots in 5-6 spots each. For the vine below, the black ...
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How do I split hostas?

I have some hosta plants that are getting quite large and are crowded where they are located right now. What do I need to worry about when moving/splitting hostas?
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Can we take out the whole root of Aloe Vera and replant it during transplant?

I bought a Aloe Vera in a shop a year ago and I just use the pot that came with it, so obviously I don't know what is in the soil and their components. Yesterday I felt that I should transplant the ...
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When should I transfer from pod to pot or ground?

Since the pre-sprouted plant season is in full bloom, what is a good indicator of the time to transfer a pre-sprouted plant? For instance I have a mexi-bell pepper in a plastic pod and two basil ...
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How do I tell which direction a gourd is going to grow?

I transplanted a 10 or so gourds seedlings growing around my garden (which somehow survived my compost [mainly because I composted them intact and smashed them with a brick later]) around a teepee ...
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What should I do to a homemade paper pot before planting it?

I got one of these snazzy paper pot makers and made a ton of pots to grow all sorts of stuff. It's pretty cool because, unlike a bedpost, you can press the newspaper you use to make the pot into a ...
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Moving lemon and satsuma trees?

I have a lemon and a satsuma tree in my yard that I planted roughly 2 years ago. So they are still fairly young. I planted them in a bad location and realized that in a few years they are going to end ...