Watering Containers - Help required
I bought some small plants of tomato and peppers (6"each) and also started seeds in 4" inch pots. As for the transplants I planted them in 14" (diameter) x 12" (depth) and 10x10 pots. I put the soil in all those pots after moistening it. Now as I have been watering them for almost 2 weeks or so, I have seen that the soil level has been sinking in the pots even though when I put the soil in the pots I had done a little of tightening / compacting of the soil (not much of the seed pots as I was afraid that it might cause problems for the seed to germinate). Two questions emerge from this situation
1/ The not so serious one, is about the transplants. What should i do with the extra space on top of the pot. They plants have sunk by about 3 inches (I now have around 5-6 inches of space on the top of the pots). Do I put in extra soil on top to cover the stem of the tomato and pepper? And what about the roots. I though by giving them a deep 12" and 10 inch deep pots the roots will have enough space to go down further, but that depth has reduced by 3 inches or so. Will it affect my plant growth? What should I do now? Transplant it again in another (or same pot after filling the soil once again at the bottom)? What can I do to avoid it from happenning in the future?
2/ As for the seedlings, I am a bit worried. As I think, with the watering, the seedling roots have become exposed above the soil line? Except for cucumber seedlings, the others (chili and tomato) have still to completely open their seed leaves and therefore cannot be easily handled). How to take care of this and what to do (or what not to do) to avoid this problem in the future. Also I think, because of the compacting of the soil in the seed pots, I can see some of the seedling emerge in rather a round fashion and not in the normal upward style (telling me that they could not find space to head upwards and so they took a bit of longer route to come above the soil line) :)
This post was edited by saood on Mon, Oct 7, 13 at 9:29