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Post  Robbomb116 on 6/3/2017, 10:28 pm

Title says it all, I want to know everyone's opinion on whether it would be feasible / not too damaging to move a pepper plant to a new square a week after transplanting. The reason I want to move it is now that my spinach has bolted, I have room for it over by the other pepper plants, and where I have it now is with the brassicas...  Which are under tulle to protect them from cabbage butterflies, but also prevents pollinators from doing their thing with the pepper. 

I think for protection and pollination simplicity, it would be nice to be able to relocate the pepper plant.  I am just worried that it might be too much trauma for the little guy to take.  It is one of two pepper plants I adopted from a friend, and it's "brother" was already accidentally topped off... I don't want to kill this one trying to move it since I already cripples the other...

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/3/2017, 10:33 pm

Its brother may still survive.
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Post  sanderson on 6/4/2017, 2:46 am

It should survive. Just scoop it up with both hands and place in a waiting hole. The roots shouldn't have grown that much since you first planted it.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/4/2017, 7:26 am

I agree with sanderson - try to place your scooping hands a teeny bit farther apart and deeper than the space the original transplant took up, so that you get all the roots. Have the transplant hole already dug, and have warm water standing by to immediately re-water it in after transplanting. Transplant early morning or late afternoon so you don't have bright sun potentially hitting the roots, and when there isn't much wind - you don't want wind blowing on exposed roots.  (Apologies if you already know this - I try to include everything in case someone else reads this thread later who doesn't.)

Sometimes I'll put something over the top of recent transplants to block some/all of the light and wind, and trap a little humidity for a day or two. Not clear plastic that would trap a lot of heat. Something like a cardboard box with a rock on top to keep it from blowing away (got to move remove the box it if there's rain of course).
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2017, 9:00 am

I don't think it will be any problem at all other than to set it back a bit as far as producing. I would do it in the evening after the sun is finished hitting that area.
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Post  Robbomb116 on 6/4/2017, 4:17 pm

The deed is done.   Hopefully it enjoys being closer to is brother and cousins.   Very Happy

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/4/2017, 7:02 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I don't think it will be any problem at all other than to set it back a bit as far as producing. I would do it in the evening after the sun is finished hitting that area.
Agree.  I find most plants are pretty adaptable when babies....

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Post  Fiz on 6/4/2017, 7:57 pm

Hey Rob! Glad you went through with the move. I concur with everyone else. This is my first serious year of gardening and I've dug up and moved my plants around the bed and from containers more times than I'd like to admit! But it's always been okay as I take a larger chunk of soil along with the root ball than it think I need. One time a month or so ago, I needed to add more soil to my bed to make it deeper since I added more bricks for extra height, so I had to remove all 12 butterhead lettuce plants, 16 carrot sprouts (even though I knew that it is ill advised to disturb carrots), and 16 green onion sprouts from my bed, put each root ball with the soil surrounding each of them on the ground, added the new soil and replanted all the plants. They all survived, surprisingly and some were quite established! Then I guess I got cocky because a couple of weeks later I decided to move most of the lettuce again to a new lower tier that I added, and again I had no issues. So I say relocate away as long as you are mindful of the roots and watering after, and try to do it when it's overcast if you can help it. Hope your plant continues to thrive in its new company! :-)
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Post  sanderson on 6/4/2017, 9:43 pm

Ease of moving plants in Mel's Mix is one of the unsung benefits of SFG. :-)

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Post  Robbomb116 on 6/5/2017, 10:55 am

Yup! It was very easy to do.  Here is a picture from this morning.  The one I move is the one in the middle.  It looks a little beaten up, but it already had some sun damage when I adopted it.  My friend left it outside too long when first hardening it off.  So none of that damage is new.  The pepper in the upper left among the lettuce is it's "brother" that got topped off by accident.   Also surviving!


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/5/2017, 7:50 pm

@Robbomb116 wrote:Yup! It was very easy to do.  Here is a picture from this morning.  The one I move is the one in the middle.  It looks a little beaten up, but it already had some sun damage when I adopted it.  My friend left it outside too long when first hardening it off.  So none of that damage is new.  The pepper in the upper left among the lettuce is it's "brother" that got topped off by accident.   Also surviving!

Nice!  Looking good!
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Post  Robbomb116 on 6/15/2017, 9:24 am

Update.  Here are some pictures of the moved pepper along with its abused brother. Both doing well I think!


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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/15/2017, 11:03 am

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