Vegetable transplanting wilting - Knowledgebase Question

Fairfield, Ne
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Question by vette184
April 17, 2010
I planted seeds in the Burpee greenhouse I bought at HD. After a week, a few seedlings got too big, so I transplanted them today into Burpee's small peet moss pots, also from HD. I used Miracle Grow premium garden soil. After a couple hours the seedlings are wilting. I gave them water. Maybe they will recover when the sun comes out? Is there a reason for this? Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010
It's quite common for newly transplanted seedlings to wilt. It's called transplant shock and is usually only temporary. Once the roots re-establish they will perk up. Be careful not to over water. It's natural to want to water a wilting plant but too much water can suffocate the roots. Just be patient with them and try to shield them from hot sunshine until they adjust to their new homes.

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