Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Transplant a Hydrangea

Fig.1 Pruning shears
By Gary Boutin
Supplies and Tools: 
Clean water
Miracle-Gro® -
      Moisture Control® Potting Mix
Potting spade  
Potting rake
Plastic tarp

It's time to replant around my front patio. This post address how to plant Hydrangea plant.

This post shows the fifteenth steps on how to plant a patio Hydrangea.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a healthy Hydrangea plant in nicely potted soil. Hydrangea can get root bound this is were the plant roots wraps itself around the bottom of the pot. If it was in the soil the roots would just continue to grow longer in search of water and nutrients.  
Step 2: Fig.2 shows that Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix. To check information about the Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix click on the United States Material Safety Data Sheet.

Fig.2 Miracle Grow Potting Soil
Step 3: Fig.3 shows that the removal of the Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Potting Mix is done by using a small plastic pot. Pouring the soil from the bag is difficult without it going all over the plastic tarp and not in the pot.
Fig.3 Removal process
Step 4: Fig.4 shows potting spade with black Plastic Handle.
Fig.4 Potting Spade
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the plant is being removed of the existing pot.
Fig.5  Removal
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the root bound plant. This one is not as bad but this plant has been replanted several time. 
Fig.6 Root bound
Step 7: Once the new pot decided place some plant roots, or dried leaves in the bottom of the pot so the new plant can have something to feed on while its growing. This part is optional because the soil that is being used comes with soil amendment and water inhibitors.
Fig.7 Soil food
Step 8: Remove the new soil from the potting soil bag and place the soil loosely into the pot to be used. Fig.8 through fig.10 shows the soil is being placed into the new pot.
Fig.8 Loose soil
Fig.9 Spade to smooth the soil
Fig.10 Last potful
Step 9: Fig.11 shows a perfect environment for the new Hydrangea.
Fig.11 loose dirt
Step 10: Fig.12 shows the plant removal from its existing pot.
Fig.11 Plant removed
Step 11: Fig.13 shows the Hydrangea plant is on the black tarp and is ready for transplanting. Fig.14 shows the Hydrangea plant is in its new home.
Fig.13 Plant without a home
Fig.14 New condo
Step 12: Making a hole with both of my hands and placing the pulled apart bounded plant into this new pot. Fig.15 shows that the the soil was placed around the plant leaving about 1-inch to the top edge of the new pot.
Fig.15 Plant Time
Step 13: Fig.16 shows that the last step was to place clean water around the plant. Thoroughly saturate the soil and the plant into its new home.
Fig.16 water soil
Step 14: Fig.17 to fig.18 shows the plant is fully transplanted and is now on the front patio.

Fig.17 Hydrangea
Fig.18 Flowers
Step 15: Fig.19 and fig.20 shows a month later and all the plants including the Hydrangea are blooming.
Fig.19 Blooming flowers
Fig.20 Happy flowers

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