5 tips for transplanting in the orchard or garden

Transplantation, that is, transferring the seedlings from the seedbeds to their final place of growth, is one of the delicate steps during the cultivation of plants, whether they are vegetables or ornamentals. At this stage the plants are very delicate and any failure during transplantation can lead to weakness, increase the propensity to suffer from diseases and pests and other problems during their development.

After preparing the seedbeds  or seedlings we must wait a few weeks (more or less depending on the plant in question) until the seeds have germinated, sprouted and the plants are mature enough to be transplanted. Normally, it can be said that the seedling is ready to transplant because we can see that it has already taken the first true leaves and that is when we can proceed and carry out the transplant.

Tips for transplanting in the orchard or garden

To make it easy for you, I recommend that you put into practice these 5 tips to transplant easily and without stressing the plants:

1- The night before, water the pot or the soil in which you are going to transplant. Make sure that the soil has good drainage and that it will have a good content of organic matter to be able to nourish the plant.

2.- The next day or after having left a few hours after watering, using a transplanter, a shovel to transplant or even a stick, we will make holes in the substrate the diameter of the base of the seedling. Leave enough distance between seedling and seedling.

3.- We carefully remove the seedlings from the seedbeds. Help yourself with some of the tools that we have mentioned before and try not to damage the small roots and we will take them by the leaves with care. Do not remove the soil between the roots, leave it as it is and place it in the hole you have made. It should fit snugly and have enough room for the roots to fit well. Cover with the soil and repeat the operation with the rest of the seedlings.

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4.- After transplanting it is important that we finish as we started: watering. Water the transplanted plants being very careful to damage the aerial parts (stem and leaves) and without removing the soil. We do not need to water them, just water enough so that the soil is wet. Put a label or similar to remember the sowing date, the transplant date and the plant variety.

5.- It is recommended that the transplant be done in the late afternoon or that shade seedlings be provided for the first 48 hours after transplanting so that they adapt better and avoid stress. Avoid direct sunlight for the first two days to facilitate adaptation.


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