Learn How To Avoid And Repair Transplant Shock In Plants

by johnah on November 15, 2020

Learn How To Avoid And Repair Transplant Shock In Plants:

Transplant shock is a common problem with most plants. Most of them are susceptible to it even if they don’t show symptoms immediately. Some plants will die after transplanting, while others may not have any problems at all. Plant death after transplanting can happen due to many reasons such as disease, insect attack or other causes. However, there are some things which make transplant shock very dangerous especially when it comes to tropical plants.

The first thing which makes transplant shock so dangerous is the fact that the plant’s internal organs (lungs) are exposed to air during the process of being transplanted into another container. If these organs get damaged then the chances of them bursting open and killing you instantly increases greatly.

Another cause of death is the fact that the roots of the plant are exposed to air during transplantation. When these roots become stressed from exposure to air, they begin to rot and eventually die.

There are several methods which can be used to prevent transplant shock but none of them are 100% effective. One method which helps a little bit is using a plastic bag over your plants before transplanting them into containers. Other techniques involve taking clippings from the leaves of a plant to breed more of them and avoid the need for direct transplanting.

Repotting shock is a problem which can affect virtually every type of plant you could think of. The reason why this problem exists is because plants naturally dislike being moved from one location to another. This stress causes them to react in a number of different ways which include wilting, dropping their leaves, dying or even exploding!

The reason why plants react in this way is because they rely on positive reinforcement to survive. If their roots are happy where they are, they will thrive and flourish. If their roots are unhappy (through lack of water, nutrients or general stress) then they will stop absorbing nutrients and die off.

It is important to keep this in mind when transplanting plants. If you do decide to move them to a different area ensure that their new environment is ideal for their roots. If you do not, then they will stress and die off which is not what you want at all.

One simple way to reduce the chance of your plants dying from transplant shock is by taking clippings rather than moving the whole plant. All you need to do is take a few leaves and roots from the plant which you wish to transfer and place them in a small pot with some soil. Make sure that the soil and location is ideal for the plant so that it has the ideal conditions to grow and develop properly.

Another common method of avoiding the shock which can be caused by transplanting your plants is to use a plastic bag around the root system before you transplant it into its permanent new home. This allows the plant enough time to adjust to its new environment before the stress of exposure can cause any issues.

Keep checking on the bag to make sure that the air stays moist inside. If the air becomes too dry then it can cause the root system to dry out which in turn can kill your plants. It is also a good idea to transplant the plants in the early hours of the morning so that they don’t get sunburnt by the sun when you uncover them later in the day.

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