Transplanting pansy seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Question by tracee1125
August 17, 2008
I have pansy seedlings just emerging in flats I placed in an unused bathtub to keep them cool. When I transplant them into cells, should I keep the soil line the same or bury part of the stem.
Thank you.

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2008


You'll want to keep the soil level the same. About the only time you want to bury the stem of a plant is if you're transplanting tomatoes. These plants are able to produce roots from leaf nodes. But pansies will rot if the stems are buried. Be careful to handle your little transplants by their leaves, not their stems. If you accidentally bruise a leaf, the plant can produce more; if you accidentally bruise the stem, the plant will die. Best wishes with your little seedlings!

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