Once those sprouts are reaching for the light, are getting tall and taking up a whole lot more room, now what?! This part can be a little overwhelming if it's your first time because it happens quickly, especially if you are starting a great deal of plants yourself indoors. Well, we are here to help!
When should I transplant?
You will want to wait to transplant until your seedling has its first true set of leaves. These leaves will look more like the plants leaves, different from the seedling leaves, which look the same on all the plants.
Now that you know WHEN to transplant lets talk about how to transplant.
You will need: a large bowl, water, soil, watering can, your seedlings, bigger pots (4 inch), permanent marker & labels.
- Fill your bowl 3/4 ways with your soil. Dump some water in the soil (start with a little and add more if necessary) to make the soil moist but not soaking wet.
- Fill your bigger pots with soil.
- Stick your finger in the middle most of the way down.
- Take one of you seedling cells out by pinching the bottom and gently lifting it up by the bottom of the plant. All your seedlings in that cell should come out with that.
- Separate the seedlings by slowly and gently pulling them a part. When you have separated the seedlings place one in the hole you just made. Place it as far down as you can but right before the first set of leaves. Add more soil and push the soil down gently around the plant.
How close should my lighting source be?
How do I help my plants get strong?
Should I fertilize my seedlings?
Now you are ready to start more seeds!! Each week you should be starting more seeds. Since seed starting ranges from 12-2 weeks before last frost.
Stay tuned! Next month we will be coming out with another blog post on the next step to growing a healthy luscious garden!