Transplanting Monocots

Conostylis candicans flower

Conostylis candicans is a local sedge that grows in sand dunes and thrives in sandy Perth coastal gardens with no summer watering.

Soon the Back Paddock will become a building site and I had to move these plants. This view (below) along the east fence of the Back Paddock is from October last year. After the silver leaved Conostylis finished flowering I transplanted them one by one. I’m starting them in pots so I can plant them in my new garden when building is finished.

spring colour

This is a delicate operation because of the summer heat. With some extra loving care, these lush sedges are readying themselves for a new life.

Transplanting any monocot (grasses and strappy leaved plants) is easy because their roots regrow if they are cut.

digging up Conostylis

Xanthorrhoea are monocots and are transplanted in this way (on a grander scale).

transplanting Conostylis

I dug around the root ball

digging up Conostylis

And loosened all round the plant

digging up Conostylis

The whole plant easily lifts out of the sandy soil

digging up Conostylis

The roots of Conostylis are sticky and sand sticks to them

sticky roots of Conostylis

The dog thinks he’s helping

transplanting Conostylis

I made sure the pot is big enough for the plant

transplanting Conostylis

Half filled with potting mix

transplanting Conostylis

Soaked the potting mix with water

watering the potting mix

Tennis balls are integral at this stage

ball dog

I placed the plant and watered the roots well

soaking the roots

I slowly added potting mix so the plant is at the right level and all the roots are covered, watering all the time. Transplanting stresses the plant and a lot of water helps mitigate this

transplanting Conostylis

I pruned the dead flower heads

spent flowers

And mulched them to add to the compost

mulching Conostylis

I water the plants every day in summer to ensure they survive the heat. The recent rain was a welcome boost.

potted up

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