When to Transplant Seedlings

August 29, 2018

A common newbie mistake is to allow the seedlings or cuttings to remain in their original seed plug or cell for too long. Those tiny 2-inch pots and pods are not meant to sustain your plant indefinitely. Your plants will be most happy when they have room to stretch their roots.

This tomato transplant is filling out its 4-inch container.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

Once the roots of your seedlings or cuttings have grown to the edges of their seed plug or pot and have sprouted three or more true leaves, it is time to bump them up to larger containers.

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