Two Easy Methods for Transplanting Plants

In the past couple of months, I’ve been taking things a step further in my gardening and trying my hand at transplanting and cultivating a few plants to see what happens. I haven’t read books on this subject, or gone to a lecture to learn how to do this. I just dove in and this is how things are turning out.

I’ve discovered two different ways of transplanting and cultivating baby plants that work well for me.

Plant with Baby

The first transplanting method I use is cutting a baby plant or leaf off of a mother plant, and placing it in water for a week or two. You can also just get a regular clipping off of a plant (doesn’t have to be a baby all the time). Once the roots start growing off of the plant, then the cutting can be transplanted into some dirt.

Baby Plant in Water

This can also be done to wild plants and flowers that you find outdoors.

Wild Primrose

Wild Primrose Rooting

In these photos, I’ve made a Wild Primrose cutting take root. Now before you think I’m all awesome for knowing what this wild plant was, hold your breath. The only reason I found out what it was, was because I saw Home Depot selling the same plant that went rampant in my yard for $4. Well my thrifty mind decided to see if I could cultivate this wild thing to grow in some pots.

Golden Pothos  Leaf

You can see I’ve been doing the same thing with my golden pothos plant, and using it to cultivate even more of these so that I don’t have to buy more from a store.

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos Planted

Once a plant grows some roots in the water (I let it get a few inches long), then it’s time to transplant into some soil. It can vary from plant to plant, but I usually just make sure the entire root is buried along with some of the stem.

The plant then goes into a sort of shock and it’s important to water once a day for at least a week, and then you can return to the regular watering schedule.

Baby Planted Before Rooting

The second method of transplanting I use is to dig up a plant from the roots and transplant it that way. I did that with these other Wild Primrose flowers.

Wild Primrose Planted

As you can see in the photo, I cut the flowers down quite a bit, and for a while they were just sticks prodding angrily out of the dirt.

I thought nothing was going to happen, and they looked ridiculous sitting on my porch. But now they are finally coming back to life, and I’m just a little giddy waiting for the flowers to venture forth.

This is also the method to use for plants from the store. If you are transplanting a store-bought plant, then make sure and loosen the dirt a little around the roots before planting.

Transplanting a Tomato

Loosen the Roots

Planting a Tomato

Most plants that you buy at the store will come with directions. Just follow those and you should be good to go. If you buy a plant from a farmer or vendor at a farmer’s market, make sure you ask them about transplanting and caring for it.

It’s important to note that sometimes you will fail, as you can see by the following photo of my poor peas:

Dead Peas

It’s a learning process, but one that can be quite rewarding. I’ve found that this is fast becoming one of my favorite hobbies. There’s no end all solution to transplanting, as every plant is different. Just do your best, enjoy and soon you will be growing some beautiful things.

Please note that I am not an expert, so if you see me doing something wrong or have some suggestions for me, I can’t wait to hear them! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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19 Comments:
      • My mother did that once. As I recall, it grew into a gigantic pineapple top.

        • I planted a pineapple top in our compost pile once. It started to grow very soon after and even though it took two years, we did get a small pineapple from it to take with us when we moved from that house. We ate it with family friends when we arrived in our new town and they now have a pineapple plant growing in their garden from that top.

  1. Thanks! Maybe I won’t kill my plants in the process! LOL

  2. Will this work with fake plants?? That’s all my mama can grow!! BAHAHAHA!

  3. LOL, I have several fake plants around the house too. I used to call myself the brown thumb, because I killed everything. Patience, time, and remembering to water has changed all that.

  4. I tried doing lilac bushes and I think I killed them… do you know how to lilacs? :(

  5. Lilacs are a woody plant, and need lots of water and lots of sunshine, but not toooo much sun when propagatiing!

  6. I can usually grow just about anything. But Hen and Chicks, I kill them. I also kill Aloes. How in the world do you keep yours alive. I have all sorts of other plants I have had no problems with, but Aloe and Hens are doomed in my house….lol.

  7. Oh those seem to be the easiest ones for me. The trick is to not over water. Basically just water them ever couple of weeks and you’re good to go. My aloe plants like indirect light, but the hen and chicks love lots of light.

  8. Maybe I need to change their positions then. I have the aloe in the afternoon sun and my hen and chicks in the morning indirect light.

  9. oh… now see, mama just planted lilac bush…in the shade…..Poor mama…. :(

  10. Crystal, how about shrubs and trees? Would it give roots if i cut off a young branch and stick it into water? I have been planting and planting this spring and really would love not to spend any more $$$, and just work with what I already have… thank you

    • Hmm..I’ve not attempted a big shrub or tree yet. I’m currently trying to get a rose bush clipping to propagate, and it’s not really working well..yet. It can’t hurt to try, though. Let me know if you find out! I’m going to try it now too since you brought it up. I’d imagine it would take a long time to get big though. Patience may be in essence here.

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