Potting up

I had a HUGE crack in my windshield. Yes, that is a totally different topic, but while I waited for the repair technician to arrive, I worked in the basement to pot up some tomato plants.

As you may recall, potting up is when you transplant a seedling into a larger pot. I had tried using a 4 inch soil block maker, but the method took a lot of effort, used a good big of soil, and frankly, took too long. So, I ordered and received biodegradable 3 inch pots – Jiffy pots made of peat and Fertil pots made of wood fiber.

I prepared my potting soil as I did for the soil blocks, meaning I wet it to the consistency of wet cement.

I filled the bottom third of the pot with the damp soil.

Fertil pot

Fertil pot

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I placed the seedling (planted in a 1.5 inch soil block) in the pot and filled around it and up to the cotyledon leaves, covering about an inch or more of stem.

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New roots will sprout from that buried stem and will make for a stronger plant.

Finally, I set the pots in a tray of water so they could absorb water from the bottom up.

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I don’t know if you can tell from this iPhone photo, but the pots at the bottom of the photo are different. The one on the left I’d a Jiffy pot. If you look carefully, you can see a water line near the level of the tray rim. The pot of the right is a Fertil pot. It is completely saturated, having fully absorbed water from the base to the pot top. I can tell you at this moment, I think I prefer the Fertil pot. One has to be careful with peat pots as they can be drying. I definitely will keep watch.

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