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transplanting seedlings to larger containers

Posted by tcleigh 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 31, 11 at 18:42

hello all:

I looked in the archives for an answer to this question, but i didn't find a thread that specifically addressed transplanting to containers.

I'm planting most of my peppers in containers this year, using a soilless, pine bark fines-based, mix. i've had several varieties growing under my T5 indoors, but i'm really anxious to pot them in their final containers (3 gal.). the seeedlings im planning on transplanting have at least two sets of real leaves and are about 2 in. tall. They're currently in half dixie cups...

When is it okay to transplant? im trying to avoid repotting twice...

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RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

I can tell you that I planted 3 seeds per growing pod and instead of thining out I actually separated them and repotted some did not have the first set of true leaves yet and some had just the first set of true leaves. Now most have first set of leaves and some are starting their second set. I also over wintered 2 of my bhut plants and repotted in Feb 2011 which are the parent plants to my seedlings.

Let's us know how it goes!

RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

My rule of thumb is to transplant seedlings when they have between 3 and 5 sets of true leaves.
Since you're transplanting them in their final home, you might want to wait until they're about
6 inches tall, or so. By the way, I think you'll be pleased with the bark-based mix!


RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

Thanks, Josh and habjolokia!

I probably will wait until they are a little bigger to transplant, although i'm very anxious to start them in my new mix. i went out and bought all my ingredients yesterday and was so excited when i got home that i had to prepare one container with the mix even though i didnt have anything to plant yet!

RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

I know it's a pain to keep re-potting (I have 25 Bhut seedlings), but I go from egg cartons to small plastic pots (4 inch diameter) when the seedlings are about 2 inches tall. Then move them to their final pots and/or garden in May. They should be about a foot tall by then.

RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

dang josh, the 5-1-1 or gritty mix is just good for everything!

RE: transplanting seedlings to larger containers

just to follow up, i did re-pot my 3" seedlings into an intermediate 4" pot. very happy i did as i think they'll have more room to develop before transplanting to their final homes.

thanks everyone!

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