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Transplant now or wait (California bay area)

Posted by httyuwma (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 1, 10 at 19:41

My seedlings are getting quite big. I made the mistake (I think) of putting them in 4" newspaper pots. Now one of the tomato plants is looking unhappy and the other dozen are very health. But all of them have roots coming out the sides of the newspaper pot! I did not expect that. Now I am worried as I was planning on removing the newspaper before transplanting.

Should I still remove the newspaper?
Should I transplant now before more roots grow outside or through the pot (it is average of 44' at night and 75' in the daytime)?

thanks


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RE: Transplant now or wait (California bay area)

Hi httyuwma

That is just about our summer temperatures and the tomatoes do just fine outside.

If the roots are growing outside the pots the roots are being air pruned. You could put them in other pots or plant them outside. The choice is yours, but I definitely wouldn't leave them as is.

You don't need to remove all the newspaper. It will biodegrade if it is wet enough. Thoroughly wet the paper and you will see most of it will come off and the roots will pull through it. I used to grow tomatoes in peat pots and the roots sometimes came through it. A thorough wetting and the roots slid through the holes they had made and we could peel the pot off.


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