Step by Step Guides

How to transplant bareroot natives
Written by Wendy Redding photographs by Philip Hawkins.
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Spring 2011 VOL. 27, NO. 3.

Step 1

Gather a trowel or shovel, watering can with water, gloves and bare-root plant to transplant.


Step 2

Dig a hole one-and-a-half times larger than the size of the plants’ root system. Set soil aside.


Step 3

Center the plant so that all of its roots are in the hole and the plant’s base is at ground level.


Step 4

Fill the entire hole with water while keeping the plant centered. Begin slowly adding soil back in.


Step 5

Gently press soil around roots to remove air bubbles. Continue to fill and press until ground level is reached.


Step 6

Water the plant in thoroughly. This “mudding in” technique will insure a successful transplant.

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