transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

Sebastian, Fl
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Question by justjaneg
April 22, 2010
I have beautiful passion vine growing wild in my lawn. Everytime I try to move it, it dies. What is the secret? Thanks, Jane

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010
If it's a volunteer plant, it will be difficult to move because when the seed germinated it grew deep, deep into the soil to both anchor itself and to take advantage of the soil's moisture. The key is to dig a really deep and wide hole so you can take the entire root mass with you. Another way to have the plant is to propagate it through a process called layering. Essentially you lay one of the long stems on the ground and encourage it to root, then separate the rooted part from the parent plant and plant it elsewhere in your garden. The new little plant will be an exact duplicate or clone of the parent. If you want to try, here's how: Choose a stem that's growing vigorously. Simply bend it down to the ground in a "U" shape so the tip is pointing upward. Loosen the soil where the stem touches the ground. Wound the stem a bit on the underside where it touches the soil, and bury the base of the U lightly, allowing the growing tip to show above ground. Cover the buried section with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark and weigh it down with a rock if needed. Water occasionally to keep it moist but not soggy and check periodically for roots. Once a nice set of roots has developed you can separate it from the mother plant. Good luck with your project!

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