When we gardeners start seeds in pots and trays the goal is always to graduate those wee sprouts to the great outdoors. Sometimes the journey requires a bit of middle ground, when seedlings are too big for their first vessel, but the time is not yet right (whether due to temperature, delayed ground preparation, storms or other facts) to transplant to their final home.
Follow these tips to successfully repot seedlings:
• Turn first pot over in your hand to gently remove the soil plug. With a pencil or other slender tool probe around the seedling to separate it and its roots from the other plants. If there are many seedlings in one cell, as with this chunk of alyssum, start from the outer edges.
• Still holding the seedling by a leaf, deposit it into the hole and with pencil carefully bring dirt next to the stem.
• Keep transplants in steady conditions for the next couple of days — keep soil consistently moist and don’t subject them to extreme temperature or light changes.
I purposely sowed the tiny pepper-grain alyssum seeds close together knowing I would separate them into individual cells after sprouting. Other times you get extra sprouts unexpectedly when you thought you planted just one seed. Now, just because you have two (or more) seeds growing in a space doesn’t mean you have to keep them all! It may be more appropriate to use another desk tool — scissors — and cut one seedling at the ground so the other can thrive.
Here’s a look at two tomato sets I treated differently:
1. I could have done my pencil method to easily separate these first tomato seedlings a couple of weeks ago with no concern about roots, but I didn’t get around to it. (The story of my life!) Because of decent stem spacing I decided to see if I could slowly, gently pry the root balls apart. This worked. I placed each in a new pot and backfilled soil around the roots.
Finally, here’s my “duh!” moment. Do you know how many years I’ve filled seed pony packs and then patted down the dirt with a spoon or ice cream scoop (for reals!) or trowel or fingers, always making a huge mess? Well, that’s a silly question; even I don’t know how many years. But from now I will simply press down on another seed container when filling my trays. “Duh” indeed.
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