How to Transplant an Old Virginia creeper


Virginia creeper, which is also known as Parthenocissus quinquefolia, can be found commonly in the eastern side of the United States especially in the woodland areas. The Virginia creeper is widely cultivated as an ornamental vine due to its dramatic palmate foliage and it can also live for many years. Its vine can grow very quickly and often matures to a height of more that 50 feet. The Virginia creeper can cling up to your house walls, trees and fences along with adhesive-tipped tendrils that can turn into a showy red during the fall season. In order to transplant an old Virginia creeper vines, you need to do a labor-intensive task because the roots are very well developed with its advanced age. By following the following instructions and using a few basic tools, you would be able to transplant an Old Virginia creeper.

To transplant an old Virginia creeper, you need:

  • Pointed shovel
  • 2-gallon nursery container
  • Work gloves
  • Anvil shears
  • Burlap
  • String
  • Plant cuttings
  • Rooting medium

Transplanting an Old Virginia creeper

How to Transplant an Old Virginia creeper

  • The first thing that you need to do is to set up a planting area or use a nursery container for your old Virginia creeper plant before you start to dig them up.
    • Once you are ready, you need to dig a planting hole that measures at least 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep by using a pointed shovel
    • You can even fill the bottom of your 2-gallon nursery container with one-third of garden soil.

Always wear long sleeves and your work gloves whenever you are dealing with the Virginia creeper plants because its leaves could provoke allergic response to many people. You should also tuck your shirt sleeves into the hand gloves so that it can protect your wrist.

  • The next step that you need to do is to cut back the vines severely before you start to dig up the plant. Cut the vines of the old Virginia creeper plant vines back to one foot with an anvil shears. Always discard the old vines into a green waste bin.
  • As for the remaining vines, you have to wrap them around with a layer if burlap.
    • Make sure you secure the burlap using a string or twine.
  • Then, you have to measure out a one-foot radius around the old Virginia creeper plant.
    • Use your pointed shovel to dig at least one-foot radius to a depth of 20 up to 24 inches.
    • You must dig in a straight down manner on all sides of the plant.
  • After that, you should be able to lift the old Virginia creeper vine away from the ground
    • Pry it loose using your shovel.
    • In order to avoid injury, you should seek assistance from your friends whenever you feel that the root balls are very heavy or unwieldy.
  • Next, you need to settle the Virginia creeper’s vine in the planting hole or nursery container that you have prepared earlier.
    • Take some soil to fill around the root ball until you feel that it is secured in its new location.
    • Once you have managed to transplant the vine, you need to remove the burlap wrapping.
  • Finally, you need to water the Virginia creeper vine with at least a depth of 6 inches right after you have finished transplanting the plant.
    • Make sure that the soil is moistened and not too soggy for the first few weeks after the transplant.
    • After that, you need to stop supplementing any water in order to help the plant to get used to the normal weather climates.

    Always remember that the technique of transplanting an old Virginia creeper

    • Is to start to do the transplanting of the plant vines during the late autumn or early in the spring season.
    • Make sure that your skin does not come into contact with the plant’s leaves and stems because it can cause skin irritation and also a moderate kind or even severe allergic reaction to certain people.
    • The Virginia creeper plants can also grow out of your control and in the end kill any of your existing trees and damaging your house siding if it is left unattended or unpruned.
    • For any Virginia creeper vines that become a problem to you, you should immediately cut them right at the base before you start to paint the stump by using an approved herbicide.

Image Credit:

Flickr CC