When moving your plant from one place to another, it’s easy for it to experience transplant shock. This may occur just days after the transplant, or it could happen during another growing season. It’s nearly impossible to prevent transplant shock, but helping your plant afterwards is not. Just follow these simple steps to make sure your plant regains strength after transplant shock.
How to Treat Transplant Shock in Plants
- Add a Spoonful of Sugar. By adding diluted sugar water, you are able to induce the plant’s roots to perform how they should. Simply boil a couple of cups of water and dilute about 3 tablespoons of sugar in it. Then, let the mixture cool and then apply it to the roots of the plant either before or after the transplant takes place.
- Trim, Trim, Trim. Help the plant save more energy for fixing the roots by pruning the plant or tree before you transplant it. Just trim one third of the plant back so that energy can be used somewhere else. Be careful to not trim too much – this could injure the plant, giving one more thing to worry about other than the transplant shock.
- Be Gentle. When you are digging up a tree to transplant, be very careful not to damage the root ball and plant. It is very difficult to completely avoid this, but you should be as gentle as possible so that you don’t disturb the roots too much. You should not shake the tree, knock the roots or cut any roots that you to pull up with the plant. If you do these things, the plant could go into an even worse case of shock that it may not be able to recover from.
- Don’t Let the Roots Dry Out. If the root ball dries out, then permanent shock that the plant cannot recover from is very possible. You can prevent the root ball from drying out by wrapping it in a wet burlap cloth and spraying the plant every so often while it’s not in soil.
- Water Properly. Be sure to water a transplanted plant thoroughly right after it is re-planted. This can help prevent transplant shock and help settle the plant and roots into its new home by spreading the roots out and pulling them down.
Now that your plant is in recovery after a stressful shock episode, be sure that they remain in a healthy state by applying Green Thumb regularly. Green Thumb is made with natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, to promote healthy foliage and prevent pests, mold and mildew from attacking you plants.