• By Faye Kuosman, Extension Agent

Horticulture

Transplant shock: disease or cultural problem? Source: Kimberly Leonberger, Extension Associate, and Nicole Ward Gauthier, Extension Plant Pathologist

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky, and now is one of the best times to plant new trees. Cool-season planting allows trees to “focus” on root system development. Woody plants may take as long as three to five years to establish and recover from relocation and cool-season planting may expedite establishment.

When trees and shrubs are moved from one growing site to another, they endure stress that results in poor root establishment. This stress may be the effect of improper installation and/or selection of poor planting material, resulting in a condition known as “transplant shock.”

Plants that suffer from transplant shock may exhibit decline, dieback, reduced growth, and eventually death. In addition, plants experiencing transplant shock are more susceptible to secondary disease issues. There are also several diseases that cause symptoms similar to those resulting from transplant shock-related stresses.

For more information on transplant shock and related disease problems, including symptoms, causes and prevention, review the publication “Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem?” This can be picked up at our office or found online.

Fall Gardening Workshop

The deadline of Sept. 25 to sign-up for the annual Fall Gardening Workshop is fast approaching! This workshop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodford County Extension Office on 184 Beasley Drive in Versailles. Educational sessions include Growing Bountiful Berries, Shade Gardening, Growing Heirloom Vegetables, Growing a Feast for the 3 B’s - Birds, Butterflies, and Bees, and Incorporating Cut Flowers in Your Garden. There is also a hypertufa pot make-and-take option. We have some excellent speakers coming to teach these classes. You don’t want to miss it. Sign up now to reserve your spot for this exciting workshop. Call the Woodford County Extension Office at 859-873-4601.

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