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Starting Transplants

Starting Transplants

Posted - Feb. 21, 2004 at 7:34 a.m.



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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

Growing Plants in the Greenhouse

March 4,11 and April 1,8 6:00 PM-8:00 PM with USU Extension Service Master Gardener Steve Petersen and Gretchen Campbell

What a better place to grow some of your own plants from seed or cuttings than in our Garden Path Greenhouse. This course covers fertilizers, growing mixes, seed selection and transplanting, as well as insects, disease and other environmental problems.(4 week class meeting for 2 hours each week) Fee: $40.00 Call 801 768 7443 to get more information or to register or register online at thankgivingpoint.com and click on education.

Almost everything in our life has to be instant; instant cooking, instant pictures, instant information, so why not instant color and instant harvest from the garden. While this is not possible, transplants speed up the beauty in the landscape and the harvest in the vegetables.

Transplants, in some cases, offer quicker color and the possibility of an earlier harvest. Another reason for selecting transplants is the availability of varieties. Many local growers routinely choose the best varieties available today. The varieties simply are not available in the packet seed lines. The high cost of seed also favors transplants. Begonia seeds, for example, have over one million seeds per ounce. One ounce of a choice variety may sell for $2,000-3,000 dollars. It simply is not economical to scatter tiny expensive seeds in the garden and expose them to the climate, insects, diseases, and other problems that interfere with their growth. Transplants also allow gardeners specific selections not available in local packet seeds lines. Packet seeds are often mixtures and do not lend themselves to the designs and color schemes the gardener wishes to use.

Another way to help the plants become established is to water them in with a starter fertilizer. This dilute solution of nutrients helps provide the plants with temporary fertilizer while the roots grow into the existing soil and start absorbing nutrients.

Even the best transplants need tender loving care as they make the move to the garden. Avoid transplanting on hot, windy days if possible. Planting in the evening or on overcast days also makes the transition a little easier.

Make certain to time garden transplanting correctly and remember that many garden centers offer plants during most of the growing season. Use them to fill any holes or dress up flower beds as needed.

In the vegetable garden, use them to fill in areas left after removing early crops. Many cool season crops do well when planted in mid summer for a fall harvest.

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