How to Transplant Sprouting Seedlings
Sprouting your seedlings indoors gives plants an early start on the growing season, which helps them reach their flowering or fruiting stage earlier in the summer. Small seeds can be sprouted in trays, and these may require transplanting to individual pots so they have room to develop healthy roots. When the seedlings are six to eight weeks old, you’ll need to transplant them to the garden bed. Handling and transplanting properly prevents plant damage and improves the survival rate of these tender young plants.
Fill 3- to 4-inch-diameter pots two-thirds full with sterile potting soil. Water the soil until it’s evenly moist. Allow the excess water to drain from the bottom drainage holes in the containers before transplanting.
Scoop the seedlings from the growing tray with a small spoon, taking care not to damage the roots. Set each seedling in a prepared pot.
Support the seedling upright by its topmost leaves. Fill in around it with potting soil, gently firming the soil with your fingertips. Plant the seedling so it’s growing at the same depth it was at previously.
Water the soil lightly to settle it. Set the repotted seedlings in an area that receives six or more hours of daily sun. Water them when the soil surface begins to dry.
Set the seedlings outdoors in a protected area with bright, indirect sun after frost danger has passed. Gradually increase the seedlings’ exposure to the sun over a week-long period, but bring them indoors if frost is expected. This process hardens plants so they can better adjust to outdoor conditions.
Dig a planting hole for each seedling in a prepared garden bed after hardening the plants. Make the holes the same depth as the seedling pots but twice as wide. Space the holes appropriately for the plant varieties.
Turn each pot on its side and slide the seedling out into your hand. Hold it gently by the root ball. Set a seedling in each prepared hole so it’s at the same depth it was growing at previously.
Fill in the hole around the roots with soil, firming it lightly in place. Water the seedlings immediately after planting so the top 6 inches of soil is moist and settles around the roots.
How to Transplant Sprouting Seedlings. Sprouting your seedlings indoors gives plants an early start on the growing season, which helps them reach their flowering or fruiting stage earlier in the summer. Small seeds can be sprouted in trays, and these may require transplanting to individual pots so they have room to …