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Are you having trouble transplanting seedlings?

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

Recently, I received a question at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and I think it would be great to share.

I am always happy to answer gardening or seed questions (even if you bought seeds elsewhere).  If I don't know the answer I'll look it up!

Comment:
I've been trying to grow from seeds & they sprout fine, but, then when I replant they have been dying. Don't know what I'm doing wrong, might give these seeds a try, but, still have some left of ones I've bought.
Would appreciate any advice.  Thank u for ur time.
Response:
Thank you for your interest in Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  There are several factors to consider if your seedlings are dying after being transplanted.
Water:  Are you watering enough or too much?
Soil:  How is the quality of your soil?  Are you growing in containers or in-ground and is the soil compacted or does it have good drainage?
Roots:  Are the delicate roots being disturbed when they are transplanted?
Soil should be kept moist but not constantly soaked or puddled.  Certain plants like nutrient dense soil, others like light and airy soil.  When transplanting it is important to disturb the roots as little as possible.  For this I plant seeds in Peat Pellets.
You can read about it here:
If you have any question please feel free to ask.
-Mary

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Comment by Yvonne on July 4, 2012 at 9:04pm

Thanks for the advice. I think I was overwatering seedlings, but they seem to have taken off now.  Hope you are well.

Comment by Marianne Smith on July 4, 2012 at 9:24pm

You're welcome Yvonne!  I'm glad your seedlings are surviving!  My garden is a disaster lately with the heat and a bit of neglect.  I just finished a post today about planning for a fall garden (for the US).  Stop by if you have a moment.  Your seasons (or lack of) are probably similar to us in South Florida.

http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2012/07/planning-your-fall-gar...

Comment by Yvonne on July 4, 2012 at 10:11pm

I had a look - that's perfect. Thank you. Hope you manage to get your garden back on track. 

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