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How Transplanting Your Vegetable Plants into Bigger Pots will Help Them Grow

Date Posted: April 10, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How Transplanting Your Vegetable Plants into Bigger Pots will Help Them Grow
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If you have been following my blog and video series of me starting my seeds indoors then you already know that I have a lot of seeds started for this upcoming vegetable gardening season. What you haven’t seen (up to this point) is just how overgrown some of it has become. When I say overgrown, I don’t mean I am running out of space, rather, the plants themselves are outgrowing their personal space.

Solution: Move the plants to bigger pots.

Why You Should Repot Your Vegetable Plants

Plants will only grow to a size that can support their root system. If, let’s say for example, you started some cucumber seeds in one inch square pots with a depth of three inches, they will have plenty of space to germinate but their roots will run out of space rather quickly.

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The whole idea of starting your seeds indoors is to get a good jump on the gardening season and if you prohibit your plants’ roots from growing, you will also stunt the plant's growth as well. Moving your plants to a larger pot, that has more width and depth, will help your plants continue to get larger. Of course, this assumes that you have the space indoors to accommodate larger pots for your vegetable plants.

Transplanting Vegetable Plants Into Bigger Pots

In the video I show you how I move my cucumber plants into four inch square pots. Why did I choose four inch square pots? I needed a larger size where my cucumber plants would not run out of room, but just big enough to get me to my May 1st planting date without having to move them again indoors. I discovered this tidbit of information through trial and error over the years.

What Kind of Soil Should You Use for Your Bigger Pots?

Don’t over complicate this part. Just use the same potting soil you were using when you started your seeds. Your plant’s roots are already acclimated to the soil so there will be virtually no shock. Not that you would get a whole lot of shock with other soil, but for peace of mind, I like to keep things consistent.

#259: Move Plants to Bigger Pots

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Water Your Newly Transplanted Vegetable Plants

To water your vegetable plants, use the watering method that I talked about in episode #257. I like to water my plants (when they are in pots indoors) using a bottom up method which I go over in detail here.

Watch the video to see how I remove the plants from their existing smaller pots and move them over to their larger pots where they will remain until I move them to one of my garden beds outdoors. It is a fairly easy process, just make sure you use a large enough pot so you only have to move them one time indoors.

Happy gardening!

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Mike the gardener

About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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