If a plant was uprooted, is it considered a Melachah of planting to re-soil it on Shabbath? The simplest example would probably be that a child pulled a plant out of its pot on, or immediately before, Shabbath, and you want to save it.

  • See Rashi s.v. "Kulan m'lacha achas hen". That said, I don't know about the case where sufficient soil to survive is transported with the detached plant (a common case), so I'm not answering.
    – msh210
    Jun 14 '13 at 19:49
  • @msh210, thanks. I thought it sounded familiar from Daf Yomi when I was thinking through the question. I'm still not sure how to answer it, though, with regard to my specific case.
    – Seth J
    Jun 14 '13 at 20:00

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