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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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Avocado Transplanting and tap root

(Posting because no one else did, and a partial answer is probably better then no answer) Avocados do have tap roots, but they do not go down very deep at all, so much so I'd hardly even call them ...
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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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How can I transplant this large oak tree?

I would say no, definitely not, even if you waited till dormancy in winter. It looks like its been in ten years or more, and by now will have an extensive root system both down into the ground and ...
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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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What will produce the most tomatoes with multiple seedlings?

Normally in such a situation, if I were faced with this issue, I would split them.The fact is that tomatoes make roots very fast and given the right growing conditions would quickly recover from being ...
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Lemon tree transplantation

Who told you that a plant should get no light after being transplanted? Yes, it is probably not a good idea to put a freshly transplanted plant in direct sunlight outdoors, especially if its a small ...
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How/if to transplant a 15' Catalpa?

I don't know about Southern Catalpas, but Northern Catalpas are hardy trees. I cut one down that was about 15', and it grew back a number of times that year (I removed the shoots whenever they started ...
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Is it possible to transplant irises without the rhizome?

Those look like Japanese iris (Iris sanguinea). They have a smaller, clumping rhizome rather than the large spreading tuberlike rhizomes of the bearded iris (Iris x germanica). They can grow a long, ...
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How can I control mint in the garden?

I agree, a flower pot won't work. I have seen it contained successfully in a garden, in the ground, and how the owner did it was to use a galvanized metal dustbin or trashcan, originally intended to ...
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Multiple Cast Iron Plant rhizomes (Aspidistra Elatior) in same pot?

The Cast Iron plants are slow growers, so I would leave the 2-3 plants per pot, so that it looks fuller already. It is normal to have more separate plants put together in one pot. They are quite easy ...
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Rosemary plant died but I see new sprouts, should I move them?

I think what you are seeing are random weeds that are sprouting in your pot from air blown seeds.
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How to prune chili plants to help recover from transplant shock

Pruning a plant suffering from transplant shock is often a good idea. If your plant is recovering, I wouldn't worry about it too much, though. Just prune according to normal guidelines for peppers. ...
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Transplanting Azalea Bush Late in Season

Given that any plant transplanted in December in your area won't be able to grow roots before the ground freezes, such plants will be susceptible to frost-heaving, which could easily kill it outright. ...
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Transplant established bulbs in the spring?

Daylilies are not bulbs - older types produce rhizomes, more modern hybrids don't necessarily, and the roots are quite fragile. The important thing when digging up and splitting a daylily is to ensure ...
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Is it bad to turn over an upside down plant?

You should plant garlic cloves base down, tip up, and in most places (yes, even with real winters) in the fall. I got mine in very late this year (Boxing day) but I have terrible results from spring ...
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Transplanting Jack in the Pulpit

If its growing wild in a public, wooded area, leave it where it is. If you want some of this plant for your garden, buy some - they're corms, and now is not the time to attempt to dig it up -this is ...
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