Vegetable transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, Ne
Question by nariyah1
June 28, 2009
Can blooming eggplants (1&1/2' tall) and tomatoes (2&1/2'tall) be tranplanted from a flooded plot?


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Answer from NGA
June 28, 2009

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If you think the ground will remain soggy for several more days, your plants will be better off if you move them to a drier location. The height of the plants isn't of as much concern as the depth and width of the roots. It will be difficult to dig in soggy soils, but if you can get most or all of the roots without severing too many of the major ones, the plants should transplant well. I guess the biggest decision will be deciding whether or not to move them. If you don't they will probably die. If you do move them, they can suffer transplant shock and if the roots are too damaged, they may die. On the other hand, moving them may be like rescuing them from certain death. I think I'd take a chance and move them. Hope they transplant well for you. Best wishes with the move.

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