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How long before transplanting

Posted by jtbeachbum 7b (My Page) on
Mon, May 17, 10 at 22:49

Ok, I started a bunch of seed in trays and egg cartons and stuff for two gardens I'm putting in with my kids. How long after seeds start sprouting and growing do I transplant into the garden? and are there any tricks to encourage success? Most of my experience has been with buying transplants or direct seeding. Thanks.


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RE: How long before transplanting

You didn't say what you planted or how big they are. You have to wait until they have a decent sized root system to plant out. Then they have to be hardened off for a week or 2 so they get used to the UV light. Some things are better being direct seeded.


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RE: How long before transplanting

It really all depends on the plant type as oilpainter said.

For example petunias: I would wait till they have 6-8 true leaves, verbena I wait till they are 3-4 inches..... and then harden them off. Be sure to read the FAQs on this forum about hardening off, it would be terrible to lose all your seedlings that far along.

Keriann~


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RE: How long before transplanting

I have a similar question, but have specific plants?

what's the rule of thumb for transplanting the following:
- tomatillos
- eggplants
- thai peppers (anything close)

thanks.


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