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.