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What is a good method for planting Ball and Burlap trees?

Time of year: Any time of year works, as long as the ground is not frozen, or the air very hot and dry. Obviously frozen ground will be 'hard to work with', and you will not be able to plant the tree ...
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"Softening" plants before they go inside?

I've never heard of the need. The issue with hardening is that you're taking a plant in a largely controlled environment with low light levels, and a steady temperature, no wind, to a highly varied ...
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What to do if too many seedlings are in the same pot?

You seem to have more than a hundred seedlings overall. Are you willing to grow every single one of them into adult plants? I'm assuming not. If that's the case, you'll be discarding them at a later ...
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Replanting out of control raspberries

Don't overthink it. They transplant reasonably well, as in, take a shovel, dig em up, replant quickly without giving the roots time to dry out (or dig up, heel in to keep the roots moist, then plant - ...
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Why do people use peat pots?

In many cases, it is simply for convenience. However; there are some plants which do not tolerate transplanting. Therefore, to start seeds indoors to get a head start and/ or maximize their strong ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

Some say vitamin B1 (thiamin) is supposed to help for transplant shock. Thiamin contains sulfur; so, maybe that has something to do with it. If sulfur has anything to do with it, Epsom salt (magnesium ...
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How can I save spinach seedlings I planted in a pot with mint?

The spinach seedlings are far more fragile; I'd recommend moving the mint. You can do it anytime, but the sooner the better. As you have just planted the mint, it should come out fairly easily. Be as ...
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Replanting from a hanging planter

You can actually do whichever you want. I've done both. If the plants are healthy, feel free to take the plastic hanger supports off and set it on top of the other pot or somewhere else in the yard. ...
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"Softening" plants before they go inside?

Some plants are sensitive to light changes (such as Shark Fin Melon). I think this is partially because Shark Fin Melon is supposed to rely on light changes to know when to set fruit, but even though ...
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What to do with strawberry plants planted in a soil with lot of nitrogen in it?

Patience. One of the hardest parts of being a gardener. Strawberry plants rarely produce berries the first year they are transplanted. Instead they spend most of their resources and nutrients ...
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Why should a pot be only an inch or two bigger than the previous pot when re-potting?

Roots head for moisture not walls. If you want a plant with deep roots, you water deeply and allow to dry before watering again. This trains the roots to grow towards the water so it will have the ...
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Why shouldn't I water a Blue Spruce tree during and after transplanting it?

In my 25 years as a landscaper in the Pacific Northwest, I have never heard of such a treatment. With that said, the only thinking I can come up with is that the arborist feels that by watering in ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

This has worked for me for 20+ years, just like tomatoes. And of course, don't over water to avoid root rot.
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Is total darkness acceptable for tomatoes to recover from transplant shock?

You can do that, but not for more than a couple days, before giving them light again. You don't want to see any signs of etiolation, or you will have to 'harden off' the plants back into light. If you ...
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Is this a tiny Bloodgood maple sapling? How should I care for it?

This looks a lot like a tiny maple seedling in it's first year, note the cotyledons - the seed leaves, the (in this case long & tongue-shaped) leaves that appear before the true leaves - which are ...
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Why clean plant when repotting

I have no idea how you've managed to find only references that suggest this "scorched earth" approach to repotting - which is only appropriate (IMHO) when you are trying to salvage plants with soil ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

Timing is, IME, important. I got 3 bamboo (A Phyllostachys that I vary between thinking is one of 3 or 4 specific cultivars) that were rudely chopped off and dug up in the middle of the summer (the ...
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Why should a pot be only an inch or two bigger than the previous pot when re-potting?

The reasoning behind this advice to only use the right sized pot is that if you put a very small plant into a large pot filled with potting medium, most of the medium (potting compost) will not be ...
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Can I transplant the cucumbers in these pictures?

It's true that cucumbers are best planted as seed in the location in which they will grow. There are however many considerations to work through when contemplating a relocation. What I'm thinking in ...
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How can large Sassafras trees be dug and transplanted?

This is another one that I've done. For reference I'm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USDA zone 6b, last frost in April, First frost in September. We get 40-60" of precipitation per year, and the soil is ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

What I do to avoid transplant shock, is to plant my seeds into toilet roll inners filled with potting mix and raise them in a protected environment away from birds, slugs, etc. When it's time for ...
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How should I transplant tulips which are almost blooming?

Yes, the timing is bad - but short of a time machine to travel back to the fall, just dig them up and pot them - they won't be happy, but they will probably mostly survive the experience if they are ...
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Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby?

Bamboo is right that generally you do need roots to replant an aloe vera pup, but anecdotally I know people who say they've been successful replanting a rootless pup. You've already got the pup and ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

The rhizomes and plants above the ground all support one another. If you can dig out a section of 5-10 rhizomes as a clump, they'll have a better chance of surviving. If you are very careful, you can ...
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Timing to move indoor vegetable seedlings to 4" pots

It's recommended that you wait until after the first true leaves appear before transplanting seedlings. I plant my seeds into small grow-bags made of plant-fiber. The roots can then grow right ...
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Can I transplant a shade-growing lilac into a sunny spot?

No, doesn't need to be in shade - lilac does prefer full sun, but that doesn't mean it won't cope with any shade. It may be getting more sun than you're aware of, but whether you can move it ...
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Transplant established bulbs in the spring?

From the daylilies faq When is the right time to plant daylilies? North In the North, spring planting is normally preferred. Fall planting in colder climates can prove fatal for daylilies ...
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What chances do I stand to relocate this thuja bush?

Certainly possible, some investigation is in order first: the more the soil drains quickly the farther out the root system will spread. Take a space and trench around the perimeter of the plant. ...
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Can Irises be transplanted in late winter?

In gardening there are usually optimum times for doing things and yes, now is a bit late. That doesn't mean it won't work though: many bulbs are even sold "in the green" (Scilla non-scripta and ...
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