The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting

Question: I'm all geared up this year to try my hand at seed starting. I will be starting them in 36 cell packs. I know that I need to transplant into other containers. Can't I just leave them in the cell packs and harden them off before planting outdoors? My garden consists of all containers.

Answer: Seedlings need to be transplanted to individual containers when they have developed their second or third set of leaves, in order to develop good root systems without having to compete with other plants for moisture and nutrients. If you leave your seedlings in the small starting cells, their growth may be retarded, and they won't perform to their maximum abilities when set outdoors.

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