Tips for Transplanting and Re-Potting: Moving Gardens

What are you doing this weekend?   How about a little re-pot or a little re-plant?

There are plenty of reasons to get busy relocating or re-potting or re-planting sections of your garden.      One of our best ever reasons is growing way too much and just having to share the love.

Or perhaps you are looking to re-design, re-landscape or simply just making room for next big harvest.

Whatever your reasons, here are short tips to ensure re-potting or re-planting success.

HOT TIP             Pick nowish – autumn, spring or winter to transplant as summer can dry the roots.


  • Water the garden the day before the move.   This will make sure that your plants will be adequately hydrated by the time you transplant or re-pot.
  • If possible dig and/or transplant when overcast or during the cooler evening hours.
  • Before you start digging or removing the plants water the garden again making sure it’s soaked right through to the root so that the soil adheres to the roots.  Never leave the roots exposed to sun, heat or wind.
  • Before you move or re-pot map out in your own garden where the new garden pieces will fit in and dig holes ready for replanting.
  • Water the hole and fill it halfway with water.   Allow the water to settle the soil around the roots and then finish filling the hole.   Lightly pat down the soil around the transplant.
  • Now water the whole plant, leaves and all.    If possible, shield the new transplant from direct sunlight for 3-5 days.   Use a floating row cover or lean a board in front of the transplant to block direct sun.   Check the plant daily for the first couple of weeks.
  • Transplants will need watering every day, if not more.   Depending on the weather and the plant, you may need to water twice a day until it becomes established.


  • Choose a pot that is at least two sizes larger than the pot you think you need!   This is because when we re-pot we need extra room for water and soil and of course growth.   You can measure the existing pot size and put on at least 20% more for existing or if you know that the type of plant has a big growth potential then why not start with a really large pot!
  • Roots need soil, soil needs soil and soil needs water!   When repotting remember that the roots need soil and water.   So, you need to make sure that there is enough room in the re-pot to hold the extra soil and lots of extra water.
  • When you remove the plant from the pot or ground make sure you include the entire root.   Take the plant out from the root up, take your time and make sure that you have collected right from the root and not cut any important sections of the root.
  • As soon as the root is free you can either replant it directly or if you are transplanting place it in a container or bucket with water and soil.
  • You are now ready to re-pot.   Clear the soil down to around a third of the pot (depending on root length), place the root to plant into the hole.   Make sure you have your soil and water ready and layer the water with soil, a good rule of thumb is two spades full of soil to one cup of water.   A measured and balanced approach is best because you don’t want your plant to drown in water!
  • It’s best to check in on your plant every day for at least 2 weeks to top up water.   Once it has settled in you can revert to your normal nourishing and fertilizing practices.

Obviously, these tips are extremely general – there can be specific techniques required for plants such as Orchids or Cactus and we recommend you do some research on your plant variety before repotting.

Lastly, make sure that you look after yourself when moving a garden around or repotting.   If you think it might be too much of a challenge on your own enlist the help of other green-thumbs or call in a contractor.

Moving gardens should be fun so make sure you smile through the process, after all, you now have a brand new garden and it needs your support right from the beginning!

Have fabulous growing weekends.

Gardenhood – Grown with Love