Transplanting - The Fine Art of Plant Massage

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When it’s time to start transitioning those starts that you’ve lovingly nurtured and protected to the great outdoors, it’s time for this class! Participants will learn why some plants grow better from starts instead of seeds, and receive guidance on timing; hands-on practice with transplanting techniques will be emphasized. Participants will leave with at least one start to transplant into their own garden space.

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  • 1. January 2012 Independence Gardens LLC Download the handout that goes along with this slideshow! h p://bit.ly/wZu6AA Transplanting Independence Gardens Portland, ORTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 2. What Well Cover Today Intro we are Independence Gardens We build raised beds, chicken coops, & other garden infrastructure Develop permaculture site designs Help with garden planning, prep, and installation Teach edible gardening classes & make Doo Tees!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 3. What Well Cover Today Preview Topics Well Cover Got Questions? Basic plant needs Please ask as we go along. How transplanting works Reasons for transplanting Basic best practices Stress prevention/reduction Up-po ing Planting out Hardening o Post-transplant careTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 4. Basic plant needs Relevant plant parts Roots are sensitive and can be harmed by poor transplanting technique Food: N P K Water: Transplant shock Shelter: Transitions are hardTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 5. How does transplanting work? Plants develop to a certain point in one locationand then you move them! is can be one of the most stressful experiences of a young plants life Transplant shockTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 6. Why transplant? Reasons Pu ing in plants that are new to your garden Moving plants to more favorable locations Ge ing plants out of too-small containers into bigger ones Relocating plants that are grown indoors to the OUTDOORS! Timing In the edible garden, lots around April 15 (our last frost date) Conditions Early morning, at night, or on a cloudy day or in an area where youve created shade/shelter for your new transplantsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 7. Best practices Create a favorable soil environment Transplant when its damp/cool Avoid root disturbance Dont let roots dry out Be gentle with the roots when untangling root-bound mats Transplant to the right depth Make sure that only one plant from the original container gets transplanted to the new pot/garden space If there are more, snip all but the healthiest one o at the soil lineTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 8. Goal #1: Stress prevention! Stress is bad Avoid causing it Do your best to remedy it if its already happenedTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 9. Goal #2: Stress reduction! Stress is bad Avoid causing it Do your best to remedy it if its already happenedTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 10. Up-po ing If a plant has outgrown its container but isnt mature enough to go outside Or the conditions arent yet rightTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 11. Step-by-step: Up-po ingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 12. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out spongeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 13. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the topTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 14. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the containerTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 15. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil; ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press down rmly so soil is evenly compressedTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 16. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil; ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press down rmly so soil is evenly compressed 5. Water well...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 17. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil; ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press down rmly so soil is evenly compressed 5. Water well...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 18. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil; ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press down rmly so soil is evenly compressed 5. Water well... Reminder: Know the ingredients of your po ing soil; if it contains fertilizer, dont add more.Tuesday, January 31, 2012