Please tell me I’m not the only one who has ever done this:
- Buy a plant.
- Transplant plant into the garden.
- Watch plant die a few days later.
- Start over.
Sound familiar? If it does, I’ve got some great tips to show you how to transplant seedlings into the garden. My uncle is a Master Gardener, and I learned these tips from him. (You can see a small portion of his garden in my DIY Garden Trellis post.)
The instructions are simple:
- Water your soil and prepare a hole for the new seedling. (Leave plenty of room–maybe double the size of the root bulb.)
- Immerse the seedling’s entire pot in water (above the dirt line), and keep it under water until no more bubbles rise to the surface. (Just my opinion, but I think this is the secret.)
- Turn the pot upside down and carefully dump the plant into your hand. DO NOT pull on the plant to get it out. Instead, gently shake or squeeze the pot from the bottom.
- Tear off a portion of the bottom of the root bulb. (If your seedlings are really small, and the roots aren’t tangled into the shape of the pot, you can skip this step.)
- Gently place the seedling in the hole and fill it in with dirt. DO NOT pack the soil super tightly.
- Add another spray of water, and you’re done!
- Sit back and enjoy the garden!
I hope this works for you. I am not a gardening expert, but while using this method, I haven’t lost a single plant. (I cannot say the same about my transplanting skills before I learned this! Let’s just say that there was a lot of senseless death!)
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