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 Post subject: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:51 am 
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After acclimating the seedlings at what point is the earliest you should transplant to the ground and what is the latest you can transplant and still have a decent plant size?


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:12 pm 
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You can plant any time after the frost danger has passed and you have at last 70-80 days before it freezes again. In your part of the world you can probably grow 9 months of the year and get in 2 crops if you wanted.


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:26 am 
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The reason I asked is my first set of plants were accidentally killed by roundup a month ago and I had to restart the entire process. Right now my plants are about 2 in tall. I was thinking about growing in 5gal buckets this year to extend the grow period till mid Nov. have you any suggestions on that or what I have going. I'm only a year old with this. Haha


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:12 am 
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I would suggest waiting to plant outdoors until the seedlings are at least 6" tall, otherwise the bugs, slugs and cutworms will have a party.

Bob


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:14 pm 
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Of course Bob is right... when they are very small, insects can decimate them in a heartbeat!
...seen that! lol

Yet I had problems with my starter soil for sprouting... it was bunk... so I transplanted when very small.
Bugs got some, and others just vaporized from the intense sunlight !

A cut off milkjug for a mini greenhouse helps shade them, and keep the moisture level up.
I put them in the soil when under 1 inch tall, and only 4 little tiny leaves...

A milk jug will not help for insects!

Good luck
rc

and Agribon AGC-15 is a great product for shade netting, and it will help with insects...


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:14 am 
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I planted mine out at 2 inches tall with about three sets of small leaves.
Had a mild week that week and the plants settled in nicely.

At the age they were at transplant, the roots had been showing out side the jiffy pots I had them growing in for about two weeks.

I did have issues with one rouge snail that is now long dead,but the bugger went out well fed so he had a good life I guess.

Bought some slug an snail bait the day after and have not had a snail issue since,but I see the odd snail skull laying about.

I leave them as a warning to others :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:18 am 
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I personally find if you let them grow to a substantial size (10-15cm) in they seedling trays first you'll get a faster better head start than planting them out smaller. .that's besides situations where you get a bacteria in you seedlings dirt etc..then your just better getting them out of that and might as well plant them out to where they're gonna stay for life. ..I've tried both. ..and when you plant them out little they seem to stay dormant for longer till they fet established. .rather than if you have let them get to a bigger better size..they bonce back quicker with less down time...I've had both done with the same type and the ones left longer in there original seedling trays..grow way faster.


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:03 am 
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i think i would agree with bk on that one
larger plant, with more leaves could be hardier and perhaps fare better against hungry insects, also


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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting to the ground
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:04 pm 
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rustycase wrote:
i think i would agree with bk on that one
larger plant, with more leaves could be hardier and perhaps fare better against hungry insects, also


I have definitely found that with the snails etc..I have a few left over seedling I put on the other side of my yard and they're just getting hammered. ..they don't like the taste once they get past a certain age aye..


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