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Old 03-02-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Relocation of ferns


Good Morning; This spring I plan to add a attached carport to my home,
and have to relocate a large bed of ferns about 10' to do so. From
what I have read, spring is the best time for this. What I would like
know is how to go about this project. I reside in Eastern Ontario in
Canada. I have attached a picture of the ferns, complete with cat.

Regards, B.P.
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Good Morning; This spring I plan to add a attached carport to my home,
and have to relocate a large bed of ferns about 10' to do so. From
what I have read, spring is the best time for this. What I would like
know is how to go about this project. I reside in Eastern Ontario in
Canada. I have attached a picture of the ferns, complete with cat.

Regards, B.P.
Before you transplant make sure that the plants to be transplanted are moist and have well watered the week of the transplant. The key is taking as much of the existing root as possible. Eight inch radius from the stem should be sufficient for the plant pictured. Dig around the plant the complete depth af a standard shovel head. After going completely around the plant, "push and wiggle" your shovel under the rootball and lift the plant up. Put plant in a bucket to eliminate dirt falling off and transplant to new site.The new hole should already be dug and ready to go. Make sure the new hole is bigger than the roots you plan to transplant (this will make it easier for roots to penetrate new soil). You should mix in canadian peat with the existing soil 50/50. Water with plant starter fertilizer (Ortho Upstart or similar). It is easier on the plant to transplant early or late in the day.

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