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Transplants Failing

Posted by safaribabe 16 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 20, 10 at 9:41

I love starting plants from seeds. I have an indoor mini greenhouse and lights. Germination is great.... plants get really strong.

I have NO patience for hardening off. I have to work on that one....

But once the hardening off is done, some of the transplants just don't thrive. I have planted a few things recently that I started from seed and when they failed and I pulled them up, there was no root growth and the plant was still contained in it's "shape" from it's seed pack.

Any ideas why? This just happened on some Boc Choy, sunflowers and peas. Husband suggested that the soil is too cool but it's pea season here so they should have done fine. The plants are not root bound before transplanting and they are getting plenty of water (nor too much).

This is also happening in various earth mediums... some in my raised beds, some in the ground.

It's soooo frustrating!

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RE: Transplants Failing

If they had no roots, then they weren't ready to transplant. To help, you need to provide a complete accounting of your seed starting process, including each step you take, how long they spend at each step, etc. Also include your zone, I don't think it's 16??

RE: Transplants Failing

Yeah are you a California/Sunset 16 zone? Otherwise location would be a big help and as Sleepy said much more info.

Based on info so far it could be something as simple as lack of patience. ;) Once transplanted things don't just zoom off - they sit and pout for days. Did you use peat pellets or peat pots? If so did you strip off the pots and/or netting?

What is your soil temp running - not air, it's irrelevant - but soil? Next most likely source of your problems is too much water. Especially when you say things like "plenty of water". That's a red flag!

No one ever thinks that are watering too much - but they are.

Need more details please.


PS: Why would you be planting sunflowers and peas at the same time? They are very different season items.

RE: Transplants Failing

Well, learn something new every day! I had no idea about these sunset zones. Lots of zone learning for me lately! :)

RE: Transplants Failing

Yep many in the west use the Sunset zones instead as they are more specific to the various regions. Last I checked I think the zone numbers run up into the 30's - maybe more.


Here is a link that might be useful: Sunset Gardening Zones

RE: Transplants Failing

I am perplexed this is the first time I recall reading about sunset zones. Looking at the website given I am in zone 41. I always wondered why I chose to wait till May 10th to really plant summer items and now I know.
This is something I will have to look into some more out of curiosity.

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