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How To Move Garden Plants Like Rhubarb, Tomato And Asparagus
In most cases, moving can be a very daunting occasion and requires several aspects in order to make it work successfully. There are a number of things to consider when moving into a new home and these could include storage facilities, moving your vehicle, transportation, packaging, safety and security.
If you plan to take your garden plants with you, it is important to make sure that you transport them properly.
What to Bear in Mind When Moving Your Plants
Once you know which plants you would like to take with you, the next step would be to get the plants ready at least 1 month in advance to give them adequate time to recoup. After you’ve dug them up from the garden, you need to take care of the roots to ensure their survival. Eradicate any pests and weeds and make sure that you prune your plants before the move. Use temperature control techniques such as dry newspaper to absorb moisture and wet newspaper to let moisture in.
Some Ideas on How to Move Rhubarb, Tomato and Asparagus Plants
If you have had your rhubarb plants for about 4-5 years, separating them will be better for their health and this will give you a chance to expand them.
Spring is the best time to transport and separate the rhubarb, as this is the start of warmer temperatures. This is also the beginning period (season) when the plant starts to sprout making the new roots more visible.
Place the rhubarb into suitable containers and make sure that the soil you will use to replant them has a PH of between 6 and 7.
Add mulch (compost, wood shavings or grass clippings) to the plant container as this will help to restrain weeds, retain water within soil and moderate temperatures.
Before removing the plant from the ground, you should pick off any ripe tomatoes, prune overly long stems and water the soil a day.
Use the same soil the plant had previously grown in and fill the container in which you will move the plant. The old soil will help ease “transplant shock” (damage and stress attained during the process of removing plant from soil to replant).
If you plan to plant into the ground, do so when the sun is low to avoid extensive shock.
As with tomato and rhubarb, prepare the asparagus prior to the move.
Spring is a good season to transplant and replant your asparagus because the soil temperature is not too warm nor have the plant begun to sprout. You should try to avoid moving asparagus when the plant is growing but rather when dormant.
Lifting the crowns and roots should be done carefully. If you plant the crown when it is 1 years old, it will produce 1 year earlier and you will save on the time taken to harvest.
Store in suitable containers with roots secured (moisture moderated, free from pests and weeds etc) and ready to be moved
Always remember that after transplanting plants, to ensure that it receives lots of water. Make certain that sufficient padding is available on the base of the container to cushion the plant, as well as air holes for it to breathe.
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