It’s getting close to the time when you can start a seedling indoors in preparation for having a healthy sprout to transplant when spring rolls around. Starting from seed is a common choice for many growers, as it’s far easier on the budget than buying young plants at a nursery. While it can be more profitable and add to the sense of pride you have in your grow when starting from seed, if care isn’t taken when transplanting the seedlings, it may cost you a whole lot more in the long run.
That’s not say that you shouldn’t grow from seed, it just means that there’s a lot to be mindful of when moving your new plant from pot to ground. Here are the top six mistakes growers make while transplanting:
1. Planting in Inclement Weather
It may be spring, but that doesn’t mean the storms and the cold fronts have magically disappeared. You may have set aside a weekend to start moving your sprouts outside, but if it’s unseasonably cold, going to storm, or the wind is kicking up – don’t do it. Yes they are plants and yes the outside is their natural habitat, but their roots haven’t set into their new home yet, and a good storm can pull them right out and waste the months you’ve spent cultivating them.
2. Breaking Roots
When you pull the new plant out of the pot, you’ll notice a fairly sizable root-ball depending on how long it’s been in the container. It’s always tempting to water the plant heavily in preparation for transplanting, but don’t. The heavy, wet soil can fall away from the roots as you pull them out, damaging them. The only time you should touch the root-ball is if the plant has become root-bound, when you should gently work to loosen the roots before planting so they can spread out and take root in the ground where they’re planted.
3. Planting too Deep
In general, planting too deep is more of a warning for planting seeds – but it can negatively affect the sprouts, too. For sprouts, it’s a matter of keeping those new roots warm. The first few inches of the soil are warmer than the soil below. When planting the new growth, it’s best to dig a shallow trench and let the roots find their footing. Transplant shock can be worsened by roots being forced into soil that’s too cold.
4. Planting in Non-Amended Soil
‘Tired’ soil that’s already worked through a season and hasn’t been tilled or amended with compost or nutrients won’t have a whole lot to offer new growth. Before you decide to transplant, make sure your soil is in good condition – test the pH and ad some fresh compost or Geoflora Nutrients to give your new plants a tasty treat!
On the other hand, sometimes you can over-fertilizing your soil. More isn’t always better, and you run the risk of overwhelming your grow with excess minerals they can’t process. Over-fertilization can decrease growth and leave plants weak and vulnerable to pests and diseases.
6. Overlooking Pests
When you start of planting, pests may be the furthest thing from your mind – but that can change quickly. There are some pests – such as fungus gnats – for which a new seedling is just the thing to feast on. If you notice anything on existing or surrounding plants in your garden, the probability is high that your seedlings are next on the menu!
Transplanting can be stressful – for you and the plant – but GeoPot has just the thing to make part of the process easier on you both! The GeoPot Transplanter Pot with Velcro Seam allows the side of the container to open for easy removal of the root ball when transplanting, which makes transplanting quick and easy and reduces shock. The GeoPot Transplanter Pot is durable, washable, and reusable for up to 5 cycles, making it a great buy for commercial and personal growers alike!