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When do I transfer seedlings to pots?

Posted by edlincoln 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 11, 12 at 10:46

I'm growing some Beach Pea, Norway Spruce, and Aster from seed in those little plugs in a dome. My goal is to use them as house plants all winter, then plant them outside in the spring...but I didn't take into account short winter days.

I want to transfer them to pots and give them to my parents (who have better light). My parents have a patio room that is effectively an UNHEATED greenhouse and also a kitchen with south facing windows.

The question is, when do I remove them from the tray and put them in pots?

They are a little over a week old. A couple have a few really tiny leaves and a loong stem. Some have stems so long that they are hitting the top of the dome, but no leaves.

When I put them in pots and give them to my parents they will have better light but less consistent temperature and humidity.

When I do move them, will they be better off in the UNHEATED room that is all windows, or just the windowsill of a kitchen with South facing windows and florescent lights?

Most importantly...when do I move them to better light?

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RE: When do I transfer seedlings to pots?

edlincoln - they need better light immediately. They are very etiolated. I've never used those peat pellet things but I suggest you cut off the netting and transplant into pots asap. As to what temperatures those plants can take I can't help you with specifics but for growing hardy outdoor plants indoors in the winter you need as much light as possible and temperatures as cool as the species can take, so I'd put them in the patio room if it were me. You might even need plant lights.

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