Tips for Transplanting Lupins
Before transplanting the lupins, what I’m going to do is, any dead or damaged leaves, I’m just going to remove. If they are dying off anyway, they’ll not come back. They just look unsightly. So I’m going to plant them at the same depth that they are in the pot. So they don’t need to go any deeper than that. So if you want to just make sure how deep you’re putting them, just pop your pot into the hole you’ve dug. As you plant hundreds of plants as you go along through your gardening life, you tend to get an idea of how deep the hole needs to be anyway. So I’ve just dug that and it’s about perfect. It doesn’t always work out that way, but as a rule of thumb, just pop your pot in there.
So that’s gone in and all I’m going to do now is just firm the plant in. It doesn’t need to be firmed in really heavily. Just pop it down like that and then just put your soil back and that’s it. And I’m going to put the marker in. If the roots are starting to curl round, just loosen them a bit, so the ends of the roots start to show and move away from the actual shape of the pot they’ve been in, so if you break them, don’t worry too much. It’s not always a bad thing because what happens is that they’ll regenerate and you’ll get more leaves. So I’m just going to pop that into the hole. So it is at exactly the same depth as it was in the pot again, just a little firm into the soil. OK, and then we’ll carry on.
Now, these leaves are starting to turn yellow. It’s unlikely that they’ll come back, but they’re not too unsightly at the moment, so I’m going to leave those on. If they were brown and distorted, I would take them off. If you’re going to take a leaf off, let me see if I can find one, like that one there. That one’s damaged, that’s not going to recover. So rather than pulling it upwards or downwards, try just gently holding the stem just to twist it sideways and it should work its way off and then you’re not going to tear it. So it’s important not to tear it because that will let in diseases, so that leaves gone now. Now we’ll just chuck that away. If they’re not ready to come off, that one came off quite easily. If they’re not ready to come off, it means you know they’re not really dying off, so you can leave them on. I wouldn’t force it off, but if it comes off easily like that, it’s ready. It’s not going to. It’s not going to regenerate itself. Try not to disturb the roots if you can. They don’t like having their roots disturbed. That’s why I’ve put them in a deep contained pot and they have been watered this morning as well, because in preparation for planting them out, they come out of the pot easily. And also, it helps the plant itself. It’s not going to be such a shock going into the ground. And I will water them in the bed as well, just to settle them in. By settling them in What I mean is that it gets the soil to settle around it. The roots of the plant anchor it, so you’re not getting the air pockets, and they do need air to survive, but not air pockets. And they need the roots to be in contact with the soil to pick up the nutrients. Another sign When the ready to go out is if the leaves start to yellow, it’s a sign that they’re not. There’s not enough nutrients in the pot in the soil that they’re in.