Transplanting Pachysandra: 6 Tips

Pachysandra is a hardy ground cover plant that can be transplanted at virtually any time of the year. The best time is springtime to give the plant the longest time to get established.

Dividing Rhizomes

Pachysandra Terminalis spreads by rhizomes, which are thick horizontal stems under the ground. The rhizomes have nodes from which roots and shoots grow. Simply check the rhizomes for nodes with roots and divide them at that point. Plant the divided rhizomes up to a foot apart and water them daily.

Working with Cuttings

Cuttings from the stems or leaves of this evergreen plant will root rapidly either in pots or by being placed straight into the soil.

Use a Rooting Mix

Although a ready rooter, planting pachysandra with a rooting mix will ensure good root growth–especially if you are transplanting late in the year.

Adding Mulch

Whenever you transplant pachysandra, you should add a little light mulch around the plants to prevent the soil from drying out.

Place in Awkward Areas

Transplant pachysandra to those parts of the garden where other plants fail. Acid soil, steep slopes and even shaded areas can be populated and turned green.

Pachysandra is tough as well as attractive. It can be invasive so be careful about planting it near areas where you don’t want it to spread.