The Q&A Archives: Transplant ing Impatiens

Question: Is it safe to transplant my impatiens plant? It's currently in an 8

Answer: You should be able to transplant your impatiens without causing too much trauma to the plant. Start by immersing the potted plant in a larger container of water and allowing it to soak for 5-10 minutes. This will ensure the entire root mass is thoroughly wetted, which will help keep it intact during the move. The fewer roots you damage during transplanting, the less stress and the faster your plant will become re-established in its new home. While the plant is soaking, prepare the new pot by placing some moistened potting soil on the bottom and against the sides of the pot. Then take the impatiens out of the pot, gently rake your fingers through the roots to slightly separate them, then plant in the new pot. Fill around the edges with new potting soil and then water it so help settle the soil. Give your newly repotted impatiens the same exposure to shade/sun as it had before the move. It should hardly notice that it has been moved.

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