Improving seedling transplantation




Today I had a look at Jenny Litchfield’s blog and found a number of interesting postings on different gardening aspects. One of them will certainly keep the attention of a lot of people interested in seedling transplantation : My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings
Years ago, an elderly neighbour showed me how he transplanted seedlings into the garden in paper pots that he’d made. There was, he claimed, less shock to the root system. The young plant is established in the paper pot with seedling mix before being transplanted into the garden. I leave a cuff to act as a mini-barrier from the wind.


A number of pictures illustrate how to fold these paper pots :


“1. Fold one sheet of newspaper to make an organic seedling planter.

2. Interleave one edge into opposite fold to form a cylindrical shape

3. Press inner fold down to form base

4. Fold top 1/3 inside pot

5. Leave space to act as a cuff to protect the young plant.

The same neighbour also spread seeds onto dampened paper strips. He covered the seeds with another strip of dampened paper. He then laid the seeded paper on damp seedling mix.


Let me recommend you to go to Jenny’s blog to find the full message with nice pictures and very interesting messages :

Enjoy !

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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