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How can I tell when seedlings are ready to be moved


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Old 05-13-21, 07:15 PM
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How can I tell when seedlings are ready to be moved

Hi Everyone,

I'm pretty new to gardening.. and I can't tell when the seed is ready to be moved to it's final pot. I heard that you're supposed to wait for its two "real" seeds, and i did that with my butter lettuce and they're dying.
 
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Old 05-13-21, 07:41 PM
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It is two real leafs... not seeds. They are not ready for the Final Pot. Do you have empty plastic 6 packs....That is probably your next move. Then, depending on what you are growing and how large is your transplant.... MAYBE the Final Pot. Moving a seedling into a too large pot usually means too much water for the little critter's soil and the stems will wither and seedling will die.
 
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Old 05-14-21, 04:48 AM
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I never transplant lettuce. It's a fast growing cool season plant so I just plant where I want it to grow. But, most lettuce are pretty hardy and they're pretty hard to kill with transplanting. I suspect there was another reason they died.
 
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Old 05-14-21, 04:54 AM
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There are a lot of plants that don't react well to transplanting. Could be that you just disturbed the roots too much. Or at the same time you may have changed the climate or amount of sun too abruptly.
 
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Old 05-14-21, 09:54 AM
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Thank you! I'm new to gardening so i'm not sure what i'm doing. These are very helpful suggestions.

@yadda, yes, my mistake, I meant two leaves. I thought about transferring them to a slightly larger pot instead of the final put, but I saw a youtube video that said transferring them multiple times is bad for them so I didn't.. Now I know that the pot size do matter in terms of transferring them.

@Pilot, I'm going to try this for the next trial. This would be great just to let them grow where they are. I saw some suggestion to use distilled water when growing seedlings. Is this still true when planting directly at their final location?

@Xsleeper. I think I did disrupt the roots too much. I kept them in the location they started growing at from seeds.
 
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Old 05-14-21, 10:04 AM
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@sophiakcruz,

When you are starting off as seeds, you can wrap them inside of a moist paper towel inside of a ziploc bag and store them in a cool, dark location. Every other day, check the ziploc bag to see if the seedlings are a few inches tall. Once they are you can plant them in the ground. When you plant them in the ground, plant them no more than an inch deep, and have them about 10 to 16 inches apart from each other.

When it comes to watering, you can do it every other day, and it does not need a lot of water (just enough to keep the soil moist). Make sure to keep bugs like slugs, larva, and caterpillars off the leaves, since they will eat it (Bees and butterfly are not an issue).
 
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Old 05-16-21, 08:37 AM
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You can get a lot of lettuce seeds for $2.49. Put some in the ground; in small pots; in large pots and in used 6-packs. If transplanting, dig out a large clump, set aside and carefully pull each seedling apart. Use a dibble stick to poke a deep hole in soil and drop carefully in. Push some soil in and gently water. See what develops.
 
 

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