Vegetable transplanting wilting - Knowledgebase Question

Fairfield, Ne
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


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Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010

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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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