How to prevent transplant shock?
Do you guys have any tips for preventing transplant shock? Especially for sensitive plants? For example, every time I dig up fern leaf bleeding heart, it always crinkles up. Doesn't make for a very good trade or sale... Or very good for just moving to other areas.
Things I already do and know of:
-Try to dig up the entire root mass without cutting through it with shovel.
-Keep as much as the root ball intact as possible (I like to ship or pot up plants with clean roots though because I don't want to keep any insects or weeds. Is there any way around this?)
-Soak for a few hours in bucket of water and SuperThrive.
-Keep it in the shade when soaking and after potted up.
-Water plants a day before digging.
Thanks for any advice!