There are three main ways of picking. They have a similar technique, but there are still some differences. This allows you to choose the most appropriate method for each particular culture.
If for the first time you hear the phrase "pickling seedlings," first read our picking seedlings article - what is it and why is it needed? Then you will understand why we all started it.
This is a classic way of picking, which is suitable for most garden and flower crops. Using the example of tomato seedlings, we will show what its essence is.
About 2 hours before the procedure, the seedlings are watered. If you grow seedlings in coco-soil, watering can be stopped in 1-2 days, since this substrate retains moisture very well.
The capacity in which it is planned to transplant seedlings, 3/4 filled with soil and compacted. With the help of a stick or pencil in the ground make the hole, equal to the length of the root.
The seedling from the general container is neatly tipped with a stick or a teaspoon, together with the earth, and transplanted into prepared containers.
Depending on the type of culture, the stem is either buried almost to the very cotyledon leaves (as in our case when picking tomatoes).
Or put on the same depth at which the seedling was in the same capacity (as they do when transplanting peppers and eggplants).
After that, the seedling is watered with water at room temperature and placed in a well-lit place.
Many gardeners when picking tomatoes and peppers in spacious containers are recommended to pinch the main root 1/3 of the length.
Alternative picking method
Low seedlings that tolerate a transplant well and need to pinch the root can be swooped in another way. An hour before picking, the plants are watered so that the ground is slightly damp. After this time, gently shake the contents of the container on the desktop or tray.
Using sticks or spoons, the plants are separated.
Then they are taken for cotyledon leaves and planted in separate containers.
Soil tamped and watered from the spray.
With this method, it takes less time to transplant plants, however, it is not suitable for stretched and overgrown seedlings, since during inversion of the contents of the container there is a risk of damaging the stems of the seedlings.
Transfer of seedlings
In this way, dive plants that do not tolerate damage to the root system. As a rule, they are sown in separate cups, but as they grow, such plants need a more spacious container.
A couple of days before transshipment, watering of the seedlings is stopped, so that the earth ball freely leaves the container. Then the tanks with the seedlings are turned upside down, holding the ground parts of the plant between the fingers, the seedlings are taken out together with the earthy clod and placed in a more spacious container, filled 3/4 full with the nutrient mixture. Then the voids are covered with earth.
This method is suitable not only for large plants that have become cramped in the tank, but also for seedlings, for example, peppers and eggplants, since these cultures do not tolerate the transplant with the exposure of the roots.
But keep in mind: small seedlings are not recommended to turn the roots up, so that their fragile stems are not broken.
You can learn the features of transplantation of specific cultures from our step-by-step master classes:
- Picking tomatoes seedlings.
- Dive cucumber seedlings.
- Pickling pepper seedlings.
- Picking eggplant seedlings.