移苗定植4步曲／4 tips for transplanting seedlings
Growing plant all the way from seed is one of the most rewarding endeavours. It can save your money too! Take kale as an example, to transplant your seedlings into larger containers or farm bed, make sure you won’t miss out the following tips,
1. Choose a proper container.
Seed-starting containers should be clean, measure at least 2-3 inches deep and have drainage holes. They can be cell packs, plastic flats, can or even eggshells.
Once the seedlings have their first set of true leaves, you’ll need to transplant them into slightly larger pots. Remember flats and pots take up space, so make sure you have enough sunny space for all the seedlings.
2. Begin with quality soil.
Sow seeds in sterile or potting soil available in plant shops. Don’t use garden soil, it contains weeds seeds, and possibly, disease organisms.
3. Plant at the proper depth.
The general rule of thumb is to cover seeds with soil equal to three times their thickness. For some seeds, such as lettuces and snapdragons, require light to germinate and should rest on the soil surface but still be in good contact with moist soil. After planting seeds, use a spray bottle to wet the soil again.
4. Water wisely.
Make sure always use room-temperature water. It’s important to keep soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, which promotes diseases that can kill seedlings.
Try not to splash water on leaves and overwatering. Make sure to dip base of your containers in water and allow the soil to absorb moisture from the bottom until moist.
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