First, prepare the soil that your transplants will be transferred into. One should have already amended the soil, weeded and loosened it enough for easy placement and planting. The soil should be loosened to a depth that will satisfy the root system of your transplant and allow the roots easy access to water and nutrients. Next, check the moisture level in both the pot and in the ground.

Go ahead and water if necessary so that both are damp but not soaked. This will prevent moisture loss from the young transplants root ball upon planting. Finally, try to transplant during cool, morning hours before the sun is directly overhead to reduce dehydration and transplant shock. An overcast day with calm winds would be ideal. If it’s predicted to be a warm, sunny day, you may need to create shade while they settle in. Follow these tips and your young plants will be off to a healthy start in the garden!