41) Replanting vegetables using 2 plastic tubes

In this tip:

  • A)# Introduction
  • B)# Replanting (tube with inner tube, design 2017)
  • C)# Replanting (tube with hose)
  • D)# Making (wide tubes)
  • E)# Making (narrow, small, thin) tubes
  • F)# Final conclusion

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A)# Introduction

Cabbage plants and other vegetables are often sown in a row or a group in the garden soil. When plants are big, they are replanted to the desired spots in the garden soil. During replanting, garden soil can drop from the root ball. Or at the desired position, one can put a plant into the soil with no clinging earth at the roots. At the new spot, this plant has to get used to the new position and the new garden soil. It can take a long time before water and nutrients are transported through the roots of the plant again. The plant will hang loosely for some days or weeks.

You can try to replant with rootball, so  with much garden soil at the roots. Using this procedure, all roots of the plant are still in the same garden earth at the new spot in the garden. Plants will not hang loosely for a long time and they will grow on soon.

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Bulb planter

To replant plants with root ball you can use a bulb planter.

  • Use the bulb planter to make a plant hole at the new spot in your garden.
  • Put the bulb planter over (around) the plant.
  • Push the bulb planter into the soil.
  • Lift bulb planter with plant and root ball.
  • Put bulb planter with plant into the new plant hole.
  • Open the bulb planter and lift it from the new plant hole.
  • The plant with root ball will remain in the plant hole.

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Sometimes this replanting method is not succesful:

  • Some leaves of the plant are damaged in the bulb planter during “grabbing the plant”.
  • During “unloading” at the new plant hole, the plant remains in the bulb planter. You have to squeeze the handle or shake the tool to have the plant with root ball into the new plant hole.

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Two tubes

Instead of a bulb planter, one can use a plastic tube to grab the plant with root ball. Use another tube to make a new plant hole in the garden soil. Then put the plant from the tube into the planting hole. This procedure is described below. It works well when replanting cabbage plants, carrots, chicory (witloof), red beets, leek and lettuce (tried by myself).

At the old design (2014), the replanting tube has a green plastic “blow hose”. At each tube, rubber bands indicate how far the tube is put into the soil. At one end there is a cap.

The root ball is blown out of the replanting tube. This goes rather well.

But this design has some disadvantages;

  • You can blow out the rootball when using tubes of maximal 6 centimeters (2  3/8 inch) diameter. At a bigger tube, blowing out the rootball can not be done anymore.
  • When the root ball is dry or too high, blowing out goes bad too.
  • When you are using the replanting tube, it can happen that the loose end of the green hose touches the garden soil. Dry garden soil can stick to this loose end. When blowing out, you can get garden soil (sand) in your mouth. Not so nice.

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The new design of 2017 does not have these disadvantages. There is a small “inner tube” in the replanting tube. The inner tube is used to push the root ball out of the replanting tube. Pushing out “always works well”. Even when using tubes of 10 centimeters (4 inch) diamter.

At the outer tube, rubber bands indicate how far the tube is put into the soil.

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You can use the tubes to make round planting holes in the soil.

  • Replanting tubes of 10 centimeters or 6 centimeters (4 inch or  2  3/8 inch) diameter.
  • These tubes are put on paving stones of 30 centimters (12 inch) square.

  • Put the tubes in the garden soil until rubber band touches the soil;
    • The outer tube is about 10 centimeters (4 inch) in the soil.
    • The inner tube is still on the garden soil. The inner tube is sticking out (12 centimeters, 5 inch) above the outer tube.

  • Take the tubes out of the soil;
    • There are round planting holes in the garden soil.
    • The garden earth is in the outer tube.

  • Push the garden earth out of the tubes to form a small heap behind each planting hole.

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Right below there is a description of the new type replanting tubes, the one with outer and inner tubes.

Some further in this tip, the old design, the tube with hose to blow out the rootball is described.

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B)# Replanting (replanting tube with inner tube)

During replanting, the garden soil must be some moist. Otherwise the root ball falls apart during replanting. But there is no need of watering the soil before replanting.

B1) Small cabbage plant, tubes diameter 6 centimeters (2  3/8 inch)

  • First make round planting hole in the garden soil at the new spot in the garden. Use a seperate tube or the replanting tubes to do this. Scatter some agricultural lime into the planting hole. Agricultural lime makes the soil less acidic and prevents the plant disease “clubroot” at cabbage plants.

  • Select the plant that need to be replanted
  • Use one hand to push all leaves of the plant against the stem.
  • Put the “loose” inner tube over the cabbage plant on the garden soil (about in the middle of the plant). Then put the outer tube over the inner tube.
  • You can also put both tubes (one in the other) over the plant on the soil.
  • Meanwhile guide the leaves and the stem of the plant into the tube.
  • Put both hands on the wooden handles of the outer tube.
  • Push the replanting tube into the garden soil until the rubber band touches the soil. The inner tube is not pushed into the soil. After pushing the outer tube into the soil, the inner tube is sticking about 12 centimeters (5 inch) above the outer tube.
  • Put both hands on the wooden handles of the outer tube.
  • Pull the outer tube out of the soil. The inner tube and the plant in the tubes is also lifted.
  • You end up with a round hole in the soil at the spot where the plant was growing before.
  • When you click on the photo above, it gets screen wide.

  • Put the whole (tubes with plant) in the round planting hole at the new spot in the garden.
  • Pull the outer tube up, out of the soil;
    • Put fingers of your hands under the 2 wooden handles.
    • Put your thumbs on the inner tube. Pull the outer tube out of the soil while your thumbs push on the inner tube.
  • Lift the tubes from the plant and put them aside.
  • The plant is now at the new spot in the garden soil.
  • Spray much water on the plant and on the soil after replanting. Garden earth will flow in the narrow clearance between garden soil and root ball.
  • Or shove some garden earth against the root ball. Then water the plant and the soil.
  • When you click on the photo above, it gets screen wide.

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B2) Big cabbage plant, tubes diameter 10 centimeters (4 inch)

  • Use the 4 inch replanting tubes to make a new planting hole at the desired spot in the garden soil. Depth is about 12 centimeters (5 inch).

  • “Push “the garden earth out of the tubes.
  • Drop the garden earth somewhere else in the garden.
  • You can spread the garden earth in the garden.

  • Scatter some agricultural lime into the planting hole. Agricultural lime makes the soil less acidic and prevents the plant disease “clubroot” at cabbage plants.

  • Select the plant that need to be replanted
  • Use one hand to push all leaves of the plant against the stem.
  • Put the “loose” inner tube over the cabbage plant on the garden soil (about in the middle of the plant). Then put the outer tube over the inner tube.
  • You can also put both tubes (one in the other) over the plant on the soil.
  • Meanwhile guide the leaves and the stem of the plant into the tube.
  • Put both hands on the wooden handles of the outer tube.
  • Push the replanting tube into the garden soil until the rubber band touches the soil. The inner tube is not pushed into the soil. After pushing the outer tube into the soil, the inner tube is sticking about 12 centimeters (5 inch) above the outer tube.
  • Put both hands on the wooden handles of the outer tube.
  • Pull the outer tube out of the soil. The inner tube and the plant in the tubes is also lifted.
  • You end up with a round hole in the soil at the spot where the plant was growing before.

  • Put the whole (tubes with plant) in the round planting hole at the new spot in the garden.

  • Pull the outer tube up, out of the soil;
    • Put fingers of your hands under the 2 wooden handles.
    • Put your thumbs on the inner tube. Pull the outer tube out of the soil while your thumbs push on the inner tube.
  • Lift the tubes from the plant and put them aside.
  • The plant is now at the new spot in the garden soil.
  • Spray much water on the plant and on the soil after replanting. Garden earth will flow in the narrow clearance between garden soil and root ball.
  • Or shove some garden earth against the root ball. Then water the plant and the soil.

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B3) Making.

Below photos and descriptions about the making of the tubes.

B3a) Making handles.

The wooden handles must fit well to the outer tube. You can break down such a   wooden wine rack   and use the shelfs with “half round openings”. But these openings will be too big or too small and not fit well around the outer tube.

You better make the half round openings in the wooden board yourself.

  • Use a wooden lath about 5 centimeters (2 inch) wide and 2 centimeters (0.8 inch) thick.
  • Clamp the lath in a bench vice or a work bench.
  • Hold a piece of tube on the lath, about 1 inch overlapping. Draw the contour of the tube on the lat (use a pencil).

  • Clamp the lath in a bench vice or a work bench.
  • Saw the curve in the lath using a sharp jig-saw or fret-saw.

  • Cut each handle out of the lath.
  • Saw oblique corners.
  • Use a hack saw and a mitre box to do this.

  • Hit 3 hardened steel nails in each handle.
  • Each time lay one flat side of the handle on a wooden surface and hit the nail vertically into the wood.
  • Hit the nail deep in the wood; the nail point is visible at the other side of the wood.

  • Use pincers to pull the nails out of the wood.
  • Now there are 3 small holes in the handle.

  • Use a drill machine and a 5 millimeter (1/5 inch) wood or metal drill to enlarge the 3 holes.

  • Make one hole in the tube:
    • Put the tube on a flat surface (plate or board).
    • Lay the wooden handle on the same surface against the tube.
    • Put the drill in the central hole of the handle and make a hole in the tube.
    • During drilling, press the handle against the tube.
    • After drilling, remove the drill from the tube and the handle.

Needed for fixing:

  • One iron bolt ( 4 millimeter),
  • One flat iron ring,
  • One sleeve nut. This is a metal tube with internal screw thread. A sleeve nut and screw are used when connecting door handle roses. These screws and nuts are for sale in DIY shops.

  • Fix the handle to the tube;
    • Put a sleeve nut (from in to out) in the hole of the tube.
    • Put the handle over the sleeve nut; push the sleeve nut in the central hole of the handle.
    • Put one bolt with metal ring in the central hole of the handle. Screw the bolt in the sleeve nut.

  • Make 2 more holes in the tube;
    • Put the tube on a flat surface (plate or board).
    • Put the drill in each “outer” hole of the handle and make a hole in the tube.
    • During drilling, press the handle against the tube.
    • After drilling, remove the drill from the tube and the handle.
    • You end up with 3 holes in the tube.

  • Use workers gloves.
  • Hold a sharp (iron) drill of about 8 millimeters (1/3 inch) in a gloved hand or pliers.
  • Turn the drill by hand to make each hole at the inner side of the tube \  /  shaped.

  • Fix the wooden handle to the tube using 3 scews (sleeve nuts, rings and bolts).

  • Use the same procedure to fix the 2nd handle to the tube.
  • You end up with 2 handles near the end of the tube, The handles are fixed opposite to each other.

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B3b) Making the inner tube.

Saw a piece of tube to make the inner tube. The inner tube is about 2 centimeters (1 inch) longer than the outer tube with handles.

  • Put the tube on a mitre box.
  • Push a wooden lathe against the tube.
  • Use a pencil to draw a line on the tube.
  • Turn the tube on the mitre box.
  • Draw a 2nd line on the tube, about 1.3 centimeters (0.5 inch) further away.

  • The lines are about 1.3 centimeters (0.5 inch) apart.

  • Saw the tube.
    • Put the tube in/on a mitre box.
    • Use a sharp hack saw.
    • Again and again saw in one line and in the other line.
    • Near the end, saw carefully in the lines.

  • A strip of about 1.3 centimeters (0.5 inch) has been cut.

  • Use sand paper to polish the sides and to remove plastic flakes.

  • Make small holes in the tube. You can use a drilling machine. Or hit an iron nail in the tube or use a small drill to make the holes. Put a round piece of wood in the tube when making the holes.

  • Make 6 small holes in the tube; 2 in the middle and 2 at each end. Click on the photo for wide screen view.

  • Put pieces of thin iron wire in the holes.
  • Bend the ends of the iron wire. The ends of the tubes are in close contact.

  • Or use thin tie-wraps to hold the ends of the tube.
  • Cut the loose ends of the tie-wraps.

  • On these photos 2 different inner tubes;
    • On the left side photo: replanting tubes of 6 centimeters (2  3/8 inch) with small iron wires in the inner tube.
    • On the right side photo: tubes of 10 centimeters (4 inch) with small tie-wraps in the inner tube.
  • Click on the photo for wide screen view.

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C)# Replanting (tube with hose)

When replanting, using a tube with hose, the garden soil must be well moist. A moist root ball slides easy into and out of the tube. And during replanting the moist root ball stays intact; no or only little garden earth falls from the roots.

The (cabbage) plants on this photo need to be replanted. Water the plants 1 day before replanting. Otherwise dry soil can fall from the roots during transport.

Add much water to the plants and the soil, about 15 minutes before taking the plant out. This makes pushing the tube into the soil and “unloading” the plant out of the tube much easier. See C)# Remarks.

At this position in the garden, new plant holes are made and plants are put in later. When top layer is very dry, shove this dry soil away before making holes. So dry soil will not fall into the holes.

On this photo you see the 2 tubes that are used for replanting. Each tube is 6 centimeters (2.4 inch) thick and about 50 centimeters (1 ft, 8 inch) long.

On the tube with green hose there was a black adapter tube with small plastic lid (top photo). Later on, this has been replaced by a “normal” lid (bottom photo). On the planting hole tube there is a “normal” lid too.

Description of the tubes:

  • The upper tube on the photo, the one with white stripes, is used to make new plant holes. It is called the “plant hole tube”.
  • The lower tube on the photo, the one with the green hose, is used to replant. This “replanting tube” is closed at one end. Near this closed end, there is a hose in the wall of the tube.  The “replanting tube” is pushed into the garden soil with open end down. Depth in the soil is about 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inch). Then the “replanting tube” (with plant) is taken out of the soil and put into the new plant hole. The plant with root ball is blown out of the “replanting tube” during lifting.
  • At each tube, rubber bands indicate how far the tube is put into the soil.

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In this way the plant is put into the “replanting tube”:

  • Select the plant that need to be replanted.
  • Add much water to the plants and the soil, about 15 minutes before taking the plant out. Soil may be a little muddy. This makes pushing the tube into the soil and “unloading” the plant out of the tube much easier. See C)# Remarks.
  • When desired, dip the open end of the replanting tube in water (about 10 cm, 4 inch) before use. See C)# Remarks.
  • Use one hand to push all leaves of the plant against the stem.
  • Let the “replanting tube” down over the plant. Meanwhile guide the leaves and the stem of the plant into the tube.
  • Put the “replanting tube” over the plant on the garden soil, “about in the middle of the plant”.
  • Push the replanting tube into the garden soil until the rubber band touches the soil. This is about 8 cm (3 inch).
  • You can turn the replanting tube a little while it is in the garden soil. This “seperates the garden soil in the tube from the garden soil beneath the tube”. This turning procedure is not really necessary but you can try if it works well.
  • Carefully pull the “replanting tube” (with plant in it) out of the garden soil.
  • When the new planting hole is not ready yet, you can lay the replanting tube with plant on the soil. Or you can put this tube vertical on garden soil or on a paving stone.
  • When you click on the photo above, it gets screen wide.
  • You can use a cylinder (an empty toilet roll or so) to put in all leaves of the plant. Then put the replanting tube over the cylinder. See remark at C9) Leaves in roll.

Make a planting hole:

  • Push at the desired spot the “plant hole tube” in the garden soil until the rubber band touches the soil. That is about 10 cm (4 inch).
  • Pull the “plant hole tube” out of the soil. Then the  planting hole is ready.

Empty the “plant hole tube”:

Use a wooden stick or trowel and tap against the tube to remove the garden earth from the “plant hole tube”. Drop the garden earth “somewhere else in the garden”.

When the planting hole is ready, you can plant as follows:

  • Put the “replanting tube” ( with plant in it) into the planting hole until maximal depth.
  • Take a breath of air and slowly blow air into the (green) hose. This air pressure pushes the plant with root ball out of the “replanting tube”.
  • Meantime lift the “replanting tube”.
  • Stop blowing air when root ball is out of the tube.
  • Lift the “replanting tube” until the plant is out of the tube.
  • When you click on the photo above, it gets screen wide.

Watering after replanting:

After replanting, pour cold tap water in the planting hole. In this way the room between ball root and planting hole is filled with wet garden earth. The plant will stand firm in the soil and will grow easy.

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C)# Remarks

C1) Moist garden soil when unloading

Add much water to the plants and the soil, about 15 minutes before taking the plant out. Soil may get a little muddy. This makes pushing the tube into the soil much easier.

And “blowing out” (unloading) the plant with root ball goes much better. The moist root ball is more hermetic (air-tight) and the root ball is heavier. A water film between root ball and tubing offers a slippery path. On the new position, the plant grows in moist soil and will probably not hang loosely for many days.

Just before pushing the tube into the garden soil, you can dip the open end of the replanting tube in water (about 10 cm, 4 inch). This also eases pushing in and unloading the plant.

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C2) Planting depth

The rubber bands on the tubes indicate how deep the tubes are pushed into the garden soil. You can shift the bands. This means you can replant deeper, at the same depth or shallower than the original depth.

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C3) Adding manure or agricultural lime

You can make the planting hole slanting (\ /) by wiggling the “plant hole tube” while it is in the garden soil.

This offers more room between root ball and the edge of the planting hole. When desired you can put manure or agricultural lime in this room or on the root ball. Then fill up this room with loose garden soil. When watering the plant after this step, the root ball will remain intact. The garden soil will not be washed away during watering.

The same trick at another plant. Put agricultural lime around and on top of the root ball. Fill the space (between root ball and planting hole) with garden earth and make a “watering hole” around the plant. Water the plant.

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C4) Filling the garden hole

Plants can grow very close to each other. When you have taken out one plant, next plant is very close to the “hole in the soil”. See left photo above. This plant is hard to replant with the tube. The plant will drop out of the tube during transport. Or the plant can not be “blown out” because air is leaking next to the root ball.

You better fill the hole with moist garden soil and press on it. See right photo above. Now the hole is “gone”, you can water the soil and replant the plant using the “replanting tube”.

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C5) After replanting

These cabbage plants have just been replanted on their new spots.

On this photo you see the same plants 2 days later. The plants grow firmly.

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C6) Narrow (small, thin) tubes

When replanting small plants, you can use thin drainage tubes. The polypropene tubes on this photo have an outer diameter of 40 mm (1.6 inch) and a length of 50 cm (1.7 ft).

The tube at the left side of the photo is the “plant hole tube”. It has a (yellow) rubber band to indicate depth.

The tube at the right side of the photo is the “replanting tube”. There is a hose in the tube (near the end). The end has been closed by a black plastic blind cap, as shown on the photo below.

This rubber cap (38.5 mm) fits well in the tube of 40 mm outer diameter.

The tube has a (blue) rubber band to indicate depth.

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C7) Transplanting other plants

C7a) Chicory (witloof)

This photo shows replanting of witloof. At the left photo, the plant is at its original position in the garden soil. The right photo shows the plant at its new position. After replanting, much water is added to the plant and the soil. This makes garden soil flushing into the space between root ball and hole. So the plant will grow well after replanting.

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C7b) Red beet (beetroot)

Use small (thin, narrow) replanting tubes. Red beet plants are small and there is little space between the plants.

This photo shows replanting beetroot plants using small tubes. After replanting, much water is sprayed on.

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C7c) Winter carrot

This photo shows how a small winter carrot plant has been taken out of the garden soil, using a small (thin, narrow) tube.

The little carrot plant has been put into a planting hole. Garden soil has been shoved and water has been sprayed on.

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C7d) Leek

On these photos a leek plant with root ball is planted in a 4 inch deep furrow in the garden soil. After planting, you can shorten the outer leaves. Then the leek plant will grow on easier and its leaves will not hang soft during several days. More info at tip 36, chapter D)# .

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C8) Using a file to sharpen the edge of the tubes

Tom, a Dutch gardener, suggested to sharpen the lower edge of the tubes. This can be done with a file or sand paper. It eases putting the tube into the garden soil. For sandy soil probably not necessary. For clay soil a good idea. Thanks Tom.

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C9) Leaves in roll

Tom also advised to put the leaves in a paper roll before taking the plant out. And to transport the plant with roll to the new planting spot.

I have tested this procedure, as shown on the photos below.

This procedure works well as shown on the photos above when replanting a lettuce plant. Empty toilet paper rolls are useful for this. Using this method, one can put many plants into rolls. And then replant all plants. This may take less time than each time putting the leaves of a plant into the replanting tube.

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C10) Replanting into a flower pot

It can happen that you can’t put the plant (that is in the replanting tube) in a planting hole right away. Then you can put this plant from the replanting tube into a plastic flower pot. And replant it later from the flower pot into the garden soil.

Below a description.

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Replanting tube 6 cm

  • On this photo you see a replanting tube (diameter 6 centimeter) with plant in it. And an empty plastic flower pot.

  • “Blow” the plant out of the tube into the flower pot.
  • The root ball is 1 to 2 cm (about 0.5 inch) higher than the upper edge of the flower pot.

  • Use fingers to press on the moist earth in the flower pot.

  • On this photo a replanted kohlrabi plant with root ball in the flower pot. This flower pot has a thin wall and bottom. Before taking out the plant with root ball, you can press on the bottom of the flower pot. And then take the plant with root ball out of the flower pot.

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Replanting tube 4 cm

  • On this photo a repanting tube (diameter 4 centimeter) with a plant in it. And an empty plastic flower pot with insert and strip.

  • “Blow” the plant out of the tube into the flower pot.
  • Here the top of the root ball is somewhat lower than the upper edge of the flower pot.

  • Use fingers to press on the moist earth in the flower pot.

  • On this photo a small endive plant in a small flower pot.
  • When neded, put some more moist garden earth in the flower pot.
  • Then use fingers to press on the moist earth in the flower pot.
  • This flower pot has an insert and a strip. Before replanting take the insert out of the flower pot. Lift the strip a few millimeter (1/4 inch) and release to loosen the root ball from the insert. Then you can take the plant at the root ball and replant it.

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D)# Making (wide tubes)

D1) Needed

  • Thin plastic (PVC) tube, about 6 cm (2 1/4 inch) outer diameter, length about 1 meter (for 2 tubes). Price (in The Netherlands) about € 6.00 for 2 meters of tube.
  • Plastic end cap (or other well fitting pieces) to make a hermetic seal at one end of the tube. Dutch price is about € 4,50 for 2 parts.
  • Plastic hose,  about 12 mm (0.5 inch) outer diameter. Length about 30 cm, 12 inch. This hose costs about €1,25 per meter.

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Remark 1: sidewall thickness of tubes

When replanting “bigger” little plants you better use a plastic tube with a thin sidewall.

Advantages of this “thin sidewall” tube:

  • Inner room is big, so there is much space for the plant when it is in the tube.
  • The wall of the tube is thin (1.5 mm, 0.06 inch) so it is easy to push the tube into the garden soil.
  • After replanting there is a narrow slit between planting hole and root ball (only about 1.5 mm, 0.06 inch). When spraying water, garden soil will fill this slit. Then the plant will stand firm in the soil and will grow easily.
  • This type of tube is used for rain water drain. So easy obtainable in a DIY shop.

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When using a smaller tube with thick sidewall:

On this photo you see a 50 mm (2 inch) tube with thick side wall of 3 mm (0.12 inch).

This tube is less functional; less space for the plant, harder to push into the garden soil, wider split between new plant hole and root ball (much earth to flush in).

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Remark 2: pipe end cap.

In Dutch DIY shops you can’t buy 60 mm pvc end caps. So I used 2 “fitting pieces” to make a hermetic seal in the replanting tube.

It is much easier to use a well fitting pipe end cap. Probably you can buy one on the internet.

On this photo there is and end cap on each tube (60 millimter diameter).

  • On the replanting tube there is an end cap, so you can blow out the root ball.
  • Thanks to the end cap on each tube, you don’t hurt your hand when pushing the tube into the garden soil.

  • The plant hole tube has a round hole at the side, a few centimeters (1 to 2 inch) below the pipe end cap. To let air pass when pushing the tube into the soil or when tapping against the tube to remove the garden soil.

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D2) Mounting the parts (wide tubes)

These parts fit well (the old construction to make an end cap).

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Use a hack saw to make 2 tubes of about 50 cm (0.5 meter, 1.7 ft) length.

Drill a hole in the side wall of one tube, the replanting tube. Diameter of this hole is about 10 mm, 0.4 inch). The hole is about 6 cm (2.5 inch) from one end of the tube.

Put the plastic hose in this hole. “Fold the hose” and put it into the hole. Then “unfold the hose” in the tube using a wooden stick or so.

Put the “hermetic end cap” on one end of the replanting tube, near the small hose (the old construction to make an end cap). The “end cap” should not pinch off or hinder the green plastic hose.

When needed, you can apply plastic tape to improve the “fit”.

A “plant hole tube” and a “replanting tube”, ready for use.  You can put an “indication” on one of the tubes, for example white stripes. This can overcome using the wrong tube during use.

Put 2 or 3 rubber bands on each tube. When you put them next to each other, they will not shift easily during use.

The rubber bands determine how deep the tubes are pushed into the garden soil. By shifting the bands you can replant higher, deeper or at the same depth as the plant grew before replanting.

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D3) Piece of garden hose over sharp edge

You can put a well fitting end cap at each tube. So you don’t feel the sharp edge of the tube when pushing it into the garden soil. You can buy these caps on the internet.

When you don’t have end caps, you can mount a piece of garden hose over the edge.

Below a description and photos.

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Below some info about putting “normal” caps on.

Use sand paper to remove sharp edges or flakes.

When needed put some tape on the outer side of the tube to get a well fitting lid.

Drill an air hole in the plant hole tube a few centimeters (inch) under the cap. This hole eases putting the tube in the soil.

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E)# Making (narrow, small, thin) tubes

In chapter C6), there is much info about the small tubes.

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F)# Final conclusion

  • This procedure works well for replanting small plants.
  • You can put the “replanting tube” about 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inch) in the moist garden soil. A root ball of this size has a good shape and will seal the tube. During blowing out, the whole root ball will be pushed outside.
  • The minimal usable size of a root ball is about 5 centimeters (2 inch) high. A root ball higher than 10 centimeters (4 inch) will be stuck in the tube and cannot be blown out.

 

  • Watering the plants and the garden soil before replanting and dipping the open end end of the replanting tube in water (about 10 cm, 4 inch) eases pushing in the soil and unloading the plant.
  • At the design of 2017 (pushing out using an inner tube) you can use larger tubes, probably up to 10 centimeters (4 inch) diameter. With this tube you can replant big (bigger) plants with large root balls. Pushing out a root ball is much easier than blowing out a root ball.
  • You can decide to make only 1 tube, the replanting tube. Use this tube to make all needed planting holes in the garden soil. After making a planting hole, tap against the tube to drop the garden earth. Then use the same tube to replant all plants.
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