Transportation of seedlings to the cottage for those who do not have their own car, turns into a real quest. How to protect precious plants and take them safe and sound? There are some effective tricks!
By the way, even if you have a car and you only carry seedlings to the cottage on it, some knowledge will not hurt you. After all, out of the trunk, you can take out seedlings is not at all in the condition in which you put them there a couple of hours ago.
Reduced watering before transporting seedlings
Some summer residents, trying to minimize the stress of seedlings during transportation, watering abundantly and feeding it on the day of the move or the day before. Remember, it is impossible to do so, because the stems saturated with water will become fragile and easily break.
In order for the carriage to take place with minimal losses, watering the plants must stop 2-3 days before it. During this time, the seedlings will not dry out and will not be affected significantly, but only slightly curled up. Immediately after transplantation, you will be able to replenish the supply of water in the tissues of the plants, watering them abundantly.
Choosing a comfortable temperature
It is important to choose a suitable day for the transportation of seedlings, because overheating will be no less dangerous for it than hypothermia. It is desirable that the air temperature at the time of transportation is not lower than 15 ° C and not higher than 27 ° C.
Remember that containers with seedlings can quickly warm themselves in direct sunlight and try to transport them in the shade.
Proper packaging for transporting seedlings
The most important step in the transportation process is the packing of the seedlings. From that. How well it is made, depends on the safety of your seedlings.
If you are transporting seedlings in public transport, try to arrange it so that you can hold the packed containers with one hand. The second you will need to pay for travel, hold a handrail, etc.
It is possible to transport seedlings both with containers in which it was grown, and without. If you are transporting tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and other tall seedlings, containers and excess soil can be left at home. If you have a seedling of flowers, cucumbers, watermelons, pumpkins and other crops that are planted in the phase of 3-4 true leaves, then you will have to transport along with containers. But the cabbage (all varieties) is easily transported directly in the package, without any additional tricks.
So, if you are going to relieve yourself of the fate and carry seedlings without containers:
- carefully remove the seedlings from the pots;
- shake from the roots the main part of the soil;
- wrap the roots and bottom of the stems with a wet cloth or paper;
- rising from the bottom up the stalk, wrap in paper the entire sapling;
- put the wrapped seedlings in the bag;
- Pack the bag in a box, box or other container with strong, non-deformable walls during the carrying process.
If you are confident in your abilities and are ready to carry the earth in pots, the algorithm becomes even simpler:
- dry saplings 2-3 days before transportation (i.e. just stop watering them);
- put them in a box or box of such a height that the leaves and stems do not stick out of it;
- lay a newspaper or cloth between the containers so that they do not bend during transport;
- Place the box in the bag or attach handles to it with tape.
Transportation of seedlings in parts
Take with you only the number of seedlings that you can plant on the same day. It is necessary that the ridges or hotbeds in which you are going to plant everything should be prepared in advance. Every hour spent in shipping containers, a negative impact on the viability of seedlings, so it is better not to delay the landing.
Devote one weekend to the preparation of greenhouses, ridges, greenhouses and soil in them, stock up with fertilizers, check the tools and mulch materials, take water for the first watering and put it to stand and warm up. But next week, when everything is ready, take care of the transportation of seedlings.
Preparation of seedlings for planting in the ground
After you come to the plot with seedlings, do not immediately rush to the ridges. Put the boxes of seedlings in a shady and cool place outside for a couple of hours. During this time, both the plants and the soil will have time to cool down, even if they are overheated during transportation, and you will be able to inspect everything that was brought and calmly get down to work.
Culling seedlings after transportation
No matter how hard you try, it is likely that during transportation some seedlings will be damaged. They may break, overheat, dry out or die for an unknown reason. Your task is not to spare them (and the work invested in them), but immediately send them to the compost.
This is due to the fact that a weakened, injured plant is more easily affected by various diseases, the causative agents of which are in any dacha. Both the bacteria and the spores of the fungus can get into the wound from a broken leaf, which has become a gateway for infection. And after one sapling gets sick, all the other plantings will be under threat.
Do you have any tricks for transporting seedlings? Share tips in the comments.