help with transplanting seedlings
Sprry if these seem like stupid questions, but I've never transplanted anything before. I don't to inadvertently kill my seedlings in the process of transplanting them, because of not knowing what I'm doing.
The main question I have is can these rules-of-thumb (in regards to the questions I'm asking) be used with transplanting eggplant and pepper plants as well?
First off, although I've grown tomatoes before, it has been from seed, and via direct sowing.
I've never transplanted anything before, so could really use advice with this. The tomato seedlings are all in peat pots, I'd say they're about 4-6 weeks old.
I watered them yesterday because they were looking kind of droopy, and weren't being transplanted immediately.
When they are transplanted, how moist should the soil be? Wet but not soaking, or should it be bone dry? Should they not be watered prior to transplanting?
Also they have been hardened off, so can I just put them in full sun or do they still need to be gradually accustomed to
When they're transplanted they'll be where they're to grow
for the rest of the season.
Also they are in peat pots, should I just plant them pot and all or should they be taken out of the peat pot? If planted pot and all, does the bottom part of the pot need to be removed and/or sides?
I was also told they can be 'buried' up to a certain set of leaves on the plant, however up to which set of leaves or how far up the length of the plant (stem) can they be buried?
I've done research that you should apply a high phosphorus fertilizer to reduce transplant shock. When should this be applied? Immediately after transplanting or should I wait? If so, how long?
I plan to transplant them tomorrow. I was told the weather should be cool and overcast, that this will minimize transplant shock, help them to adjust faster, etc.
It will be warm but supposedly overcast. Is the warm weather a concern since tomatoes do like warm weather?