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Quick Transplantation of Stray plants in the Greenhouse

Quick Transplantation of Stray plants in the Greenhouse


In the greenhouse there might be a few stragglers or off shoots from the plants. Pictured here is a typical tomato plant, a big boy tomato. If you want to improve the chances that the plant survives transplantation, water around its base quickly to minimize transplant shock before uprooting. Take the tomato out of the ground with a spade, or shovel, by cutting a circle in the soil around the tomato stalk. Then dig deep underneath the whole plant then gently pry the plant up out of the ground. Grab the whole chunk of dirt, root ball, and plant stalk, and place in a container. Growers Solution sells many types of containers, and potting soil to make transplanting convenient!

There are the collapsible, and more easily stored Smart Pot containers. Then there are your typical, cheaper plastic containers. Any will do fine, but the benefits for the Smart Pots are that if the plant requires dry conditions the root base has access to more air than a typical plastic container. Smart Pots, also, can be directly buried in the ground, but they last for so long (6 years) that they should be reused until their expiration date. Then can be buried with the plant in the ground. Take the container and throw in some Nu-Mix #2 or #3, and mix in a little bit of Plant Success Granular for the additional bacterial and Microbial fungi support, and you're ready to plant!

 

As you can see, the chunky, clay dirt is distinctly different then Growers Solution Nu-Mix #2 that we use for transplants, and seedlings. Once you have placed the plant base in the soil container, spread handfuls of soil on top and tamp (or press firmly with flat hands) down on the surface of the soil, securing the plant roots in their new home. Water in gently until the water soaks the surface of the soil. The tomato is in its new soil home. I'd give two-three weeks before planting directly back into the Earth of the greenhouse after restorations to the garden spot have been completed. 

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