A transplant success story
|Pinetip Penstemon enjoying morning sun
The process we now use is simple, take a small piece of
shade cloth (in our case it was a piece of the large sailcloth shades that go
over decks and the like), prop it up to provide afternoon and evening protection.
We left the shades up for about a month to ensure establishment. We do also practice
root washing to the best of our ability (especially for plants with larger root
systems, for those with less roots we knock as much potting soil off as
possible). These systems prove remarkably resilient in wind and rainstorms so no real adjustment is necessary until it comes time to take the covers away.
For smaller plants we used old plant stakes that had lost their tags with clothespins to hold the cloth onto the stakes. For larger plants such as the wax currant (below) we planted this year we used a tomato cage as a support for the shade cloth. Since this plant came with some scorch already happening, we surrounded it completely with shade cloth. Many of those original leaves have dropped but new ones have replaced them.
|Wax currant came with scorch so
we took extra precautions.
One side advantage of shading the plants as they establish
has been that the soil stays a little moist for longer, particularly beneficial
in our xeric garden that typically only gets watered once a week. That said, we
do also provide supplemental water a few times a week in the first few months for
our newly establishing plants. This is also a great way to mark new plants so that volunteers don't accidentally weed them out, and it's easier to find them for watering.
Hopefully you can enact similar successes in your own landscapes!