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Re: Re:Cult: Transplanting seedlings

Chuck  --  I routinely planted as many as 25 seeds together in 5 3/4" x 3
1/4" 2-inch deep aluminum loaf pans for more than 15 years and never saw any
problems from crowding.  In a year of excessive rainfall I did have a
disastrous loss through damping off, but am sure that the shallowness of the
containers was to blame.  I have since gone over to much deeper containers
(because, as you indicate, once is enough!), but am still planting seeds as
little as 1/4" apart with no ill effects.  I'm convinced it's the depth of
the container, which permits adequate drainage, that matters.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck B" <whozher@mintel.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 9:17 AM
Subject: [iris] Re:Cult: Transplanting seedlings

> Learning things the hard way is a way of life for me, I think.  I reported
> earlier that I was successful in getting 2003 seeds to germinate in the
> after no germination outside.  So what to do with the seedlings during the
> winter?
> A few of the crosses were crowded (10 sdlgs) into yogurt cups, so I
> it would be good to move them into individual yogurt cups for the winter
> prevent the roots from growing together.  I transplanted the sdlgs, some
> quite small (1-2") into a mixture of good potting soil and top soil.
> Watered with dilute Miracle Grow and moved them into our sun room.  Things
> were fine for about a week and then it looked like they were rotting at
> soil level.  Most of them died. OUCH!  The ones that I did not transplant
> are doing fine.
> Please advise so this doesn't happen again.  Sdlgs are too precious to
> like this.
> Chuck Bunnell
> Lafayette, IN (Ice-covered and beautiful)
> Region 6
> Zone 5a-5b
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