STARTING FROM SEED - Knowledgebase Question

monroe, Ne
Question by richiecarol
May 19, 2010
I STARTED PLANTING SEEDS ABOUT A MONTH AGO, IN THE HOUSE. I HAVE A FEW PROBLEMS I WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT, LIKE TRYING TO TRANSPLANT THE SEEDLINGS INTO POTS. I'M EXPERIMENTING WITH SEVERAL TYPES OF SOILS, SOME STORE BOUGHT, LIKE MIRCLE GROW POTTING SOIL AND SEED STARTER AND MIXING MY OWN WITH SOME PEET MOSE, TOP SOIL, AND LEFTOVER POTTING SOIL. THE SOIL FALLS APART UPON TRANSPLANTING.


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Answer from NGA
May 19, 2010

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Transplanting seedlings can be difficult because of their small and delicate root systems. I usually dig and transfer my seedlings with a kitchen fork. It does less damage to the root mass and I can usually dig and transplant into individual containers without having to handle the seedlings, which minimizes damage. Seed starting mix is milled peat and it doesn't hold together well unless the roots of the plants have knitted it together. It's okay if some of the seed starting mix falls off the roots during the transplanting process. Just transplant one seedling at a time, firming the new soil around the roots and then watering it well to help settle the soil. The seedlings will settle in and should establish themselves right away. Hope this provides some guidance.

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