Spring is an ideal time to give our plants new homes when they have outgrown their old ones. It is also good to do once every couple years to provide the plant with more nutrients. For seedlings it is crucial to allow for more and quicker growth into a mature plant that produces vegetables and herbs for us to eat.
You will need:
- New containers
- Newspaper or other material to keep the surface clean.
- Watering can
- Lay out newspaper or other material over work surface
- Place new soil into new container about half way from the top of container
- Make a 3 inch indent into new pot and soil for the plant.
- In old plant containers use tools to apply pressure from all sides to loosen soil for the plant to be removed. It is important not to break up too many roots!
- Gently twist and pull the plant up. It is recommended to do so over a new pot.
- Break up soil and roots by fluffing it up to create pockets for air to go into .This will allow the plant to be able to grow more roots into the new pot and use the new soil’s nutrients.
- Place the plant into a new container.
- Add new soil to fill in spots, until soil reaches an inch and a half from the rim of the container.
- Water plants, You can also water roots as soon as they are in a new container.
- If you are growing edible plants from seeds label plants and place start date as well as transplant date on label.
- Enjoy your plant baby’s growth!