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Tips for Transporting a Cactus in Your Garden (Part II)


How to Transplant a Cactus

Once you have loosened the roots, use the shovel to lift out the plant. Wrap a big garden hose around the plant and move it out of the hole. If the plant is huge, you might need a couple of helpers or even a vehicle for pulling.

Successfully moving a cactus necessitates new site preparation. The cactus roots must air dry for a couple of days before putting the plant in its new location. During this time, inspect the soil and amend it as needed. In sandy locations, put in 25% compost. In spots with rich or clay soil, add pumice to aid with drainage.

Dig a wide, shallow hole that is the same size as the original planting site. Put the cactus at the same exposure it had in the old planting location. This is one of the more vital details because it will reduce or stop sunburn. Cautiously lift the plant and put it in the right orientation in the prepared hole. Backfill around the roots and pat down.

After the Transplant

Make sure to thoroughly water your cactus plant to ensure it gets settled into it’s new home.

Water the plant deeply to settle the soil. Some special care is necessary for a number of months after transplanting a cactus. Water the plant two times per week for a month unless nighttime temps drop under 60 degrees F. In these instances, don’t water unless up to 16 weeks have gone by with no rain.

If the transplant takes place in summer or spring, cover the plant with shade cloth to stop burning. Keep the cloth in place for a month as the plant re-establishes and gets used to its new conditions.

Big plants over five feet in height will benefit from staking. After 30 days, reduce watering to every couple of weeks in the summer and a couple of times during winter. Look for signs of stress and handle every symptom individually. Within a couple of months, your plant should be well established and on its way to getting better from the moving process.

Tips for Transporting a Cactus in Your Garden (Part I)

If you’re planning to transport a cactus, doing so in colder weather is best.

Sometimes, mature cactus plants have to be transported. Transporting cacti in the landscape, particularly big specimens, can be difficult. This process poses more harm to you than the plant due to the thorns, spines, and other hazardous armor most of these plants have. Moving a cactus can be done at any time of the year. However, the best time is in cool weather. Below are a few tips on how to transplant a cactus without danger to you or the plant.

Before Moving Cacti in the Landscape

Older cactus plants can get very big and need professional assistance to reduce plant damage. If you are determined to take on the process yourself, consider site preparation, have several extra hands available and prepare the plant carefully to avoid harming pads, limbs and causing yourself and your helpers any pain.

Only move healthy specimens that will have the best chance of re-establishing. A word to the wise: wild cactus cannot be harvested legally in most areas, so this information applies to cultivated cacti in the landscape only. Preparation is crucial when moving a cactus plant.

Mark the plant so you can put it in the same way in which it is growing. Plants with huge pads must be swaddled in an old blanket or something that will protect the limbs while giving you safety from the spines.

Don’t water

Watering before moving is a big no-no. First, it makes the pots heavier. Second, succulents don’t receive as much airflow in a vehicle and the soil won’t dry out as rapidly. This can swiftly cause your succulents to rot.

How to Transplant a Cactus

Start by digging a trench around the plant a couple of feet away and around 17 inches deep. Then begin prying around the plant cautiously. Cactus roots are typically near the surface but are delicate, so be gentle during this process.