Transplant seedlings or not?
I have a real problem with growing flower seedlings after they have been transplanted, since they usually die before they can establish their roots. It is so frustrating! They germinate great and look beautiful until moving them to their new home in individual pots or flats. I always bottom water since they are so fragile and my pots are always clean, I also use sterile soiless mix to transplant them in. So I don't believe disease is the problem, but I am not sure. Every book that I have read reccomends transplanting seedling flowers into their own individual container after they have germinated. Some are very tiny and are difficult to transplant, even if I allow them to grow for a while before transplanting them into flats. Is it possible to just place a couple seeds in a container and after germination snip off the weak one and let the healthy strong seedling grow into a plant without moving or touching it until it is ready for transplanting into the garden? I want flowers badly, but I don't want to fight with dying seedlings everytime I try to transplant them, plus the money that I have spent just makes me sick when I lose them. Is there a better way? I have no problem with vegetables, but those flowers!