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Old 11-27-2006, 05:05 PM
Location: Southern Ca but getting out soon
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I have never liked miracle grow but have heard from some people that like it. Vitamin B for the trip and Vitamin B again once transplanted and then fertilzer is all you need. Each plant needs fertilizer but each a different formula. They have generlized fertilizers like for bushes, roses, trees, etc., just some take specific ones like Azealas, African Violets, etc.. When they arrive they might be wilted from having no air or sunlight but as long as you water them asap and get them in the sun they should be ok. But I have never moved plants across the country, I just have a green thumb (hand). I actually have a rose thorn permanetly embedded in the top of my hand
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:50 PM
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Originally Posted by Global Friend View Post
Yes they are potted plants, I'm really afraid of shocking them. I'm in NJ and moving in Jan. and driving 13 hours. Thanks.
What about Miracle Grow?
Thirteen hours should not cause any problems. If you are worried about cold, wrap them in a sheet before you put them in the truck. Pack them last and do not water beforehand. They might get a little droopy but when you get them to the new place water them with some Superthrive (available at any garden supply).... and no... no miracle grow. I know it is supposed to be great for plants, but it's a general purpose and will have too much or not enough of the things that plant wants if it does go into shock, could shock it more.

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Old 07-15-2017, 12:05 AM
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Originally Posted by HanidefomB View Post
If youve got horsetail then Id be very careful about moving plants.

I shifted 2 globe artichokes and 2 red gooseberries from a bed with a fair amount of it in, at about this time of year when they were dormant. When I dug them up I washed every bit of soil off the rootball and checked all the roots belonged to the plants - there were several strands of horsetail roots in with them, which I removed. they were both the black shoelace ones and the tiger striped ones from new growth If Id transplanted with a soil-covered rootball they would have taken the horsetail with them.

Good luck - it sounds like a big task. At least the plants are tough as old boots
I think the OP has solved this problem since this thread is 11 years old.
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:27 PM
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I've been moving my cymbidium orchids for about 35 years, and have moved others, too. I'd put them into a garbage bag big enough to fit, seal the bag, and them put them in a wardrobe box. (cymbidiums are pretty big.) They've survived storage twice, once for 4 weeks with indoor storage, and last year for 6 weeks in an outdoor storage unit with temperatures outside up to 90. The orchids were not happy, but survived quite well.

The moving company won't take responsibility of course, but who says they need to know what's in a PBO?
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