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Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

Posted by janie58 PA 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 16, 10 at 20:07

I have a flat of shasta daisy seedlings that I will soon be transplanting to their own larger, individual containers. Should I water the flat before I begin transplanting the seedlings or water them once I've transplanted them into their individual new containers? I plan on letting them continue to grow inside for awhile longer. I want to let them get larger and stronger before it's time to harden them off and move them permantly to the garden. Any suggestions? Thanks


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

I pre-moisten my sterile soil before I transplant the seedlings into it and then do not water again until they are dry.

Then I proceed with bottom watering.

Moist soil, not soupy like brownie batter but moist like a damp sponge so when you squeeze it, only a few drops of water run out between your fingers. Or....not to be really gross, but the consistancy of horse/cow/dog poo-poo.

Hopefully you haven't squeezed that : )

Keriann~


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

I find transplanting out of a container to be much easier when the plants are a bit on the dry side - easier to separate roots etc. so like Keriann I make sure the soil in the receiving pot is well moistened first and then move the plant into it.

Dave


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

Thanks Kerriann and Dave. That's what I suspected I should do.
And no, Kerriann, I have never squeezed animal poo-poo and would never want to :) But I knew what you meant lol


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

Sorry... I know it was super gross, but it gives you a reference : )

Keriann~

Happy Gardening : )


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

I have been told that stepping in a warm fresh cow pattie with bare feet is supposed to feel quite extraordinary! Provided you have a sinus cold or plug your nose.


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RE: Do I water my seedlings before or after I transplant them?

whatever your method beforehand, you need to water afterwards to settle the soil around the roots and get the large air gaps out so that the roots are in contact with the soil


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