Your seedlings have arrived and need to
be transplanted into a new tray or pot to
give them more space to grow. The first
leaves that appear from your seedlings are
the seed leaves, above them will develop
a new set of leaves, these are the first
true plant leaves. When your seedlings have
developed their first true leaves then its
time for you to prick the out. Its very
important that great care is taken when
lifting seedlings out with your fingers.
Pick the seedling up by a seed leaf (The
lower leaves) and not by the stem.
The stems are very delicate at this early
stage in life, the smallest of pressure
will destroy the seedling.
When the seedlings are starting to out grow
their space, then you need to 'Pot on' move
them to a more spacious environment. Don't
be tempted to pot one young plant into a
large plant pot expecting that he will love
it there. Young plants prefer to grow in
small pots rather than large pots.
Getting them ready for the outside world!
Indoor raised plants need to be acclimatised
to the outside condition by being placed
into a cold frame or cloche. We do this
by gradually increasing ventilation each
day and keeping it closed on nights for
a while. Then if no signs of extreme freezing
weather and frosts are likely to occur,
we start to ventilate at night. Each night
a little bit more ventilation is given until
it is fully open.
Time for your teenage plants to leave home!
Once the weather has warmed up your garden
and most of the frosts have passed, its
time to plant out your teenage plants into
their final home. Here they will grow into
adult plants and hopefully display beautiful
flowers in your garden.
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