The Q&A Archives: Transplanting the purple orchid tree

Question: How is the best way to transplant and what do I use for food?

Answer: Bonnie,

Late October or November would be a great time to move them as the cooling temperatures result is much less stress to the plant. Dig the plant with as much of the root system (with it's soil) as is practical. Slide the root ball onto a tarp. This way you can easily move it to its new location.

In the new location, set the plant at the same depth it was previously growing, firm the soil around the roots, and water it in well.

Don't fertilize the plant until sometime next spring and then only with very light applications of a lawn fertilizer. The plant won't need or be able to take up much nutrient for at least a year as it is getting a new root system established.

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