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Re: Re: todays events > acclimation


Most are 2.5 inch pots and will require watering several times a day until
we get together for potting.  Then the plan is to pot them up t quarts and
in a few cases trade gallons (3qt). I ran this all by the Hort Ed this
morning and he agreed. Until then I have them in an easy access spot that
gets some morning sun - against the east wall of my house.

Re > [Donna] > I never take a plant from a greenhouse and plant it in the
ground...
Anything I get in spring that is smaller than a gallon (or even so-called
*from-gallon* mail order plants) gets potted up and planted later.  It's
just been my experience that they do better that way.  I don't like buying
plants in July, but this is such a good deal for us, that I wanted to do my
best by them.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 1:12 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] todays events > acclimation


> well I don't see any responses, so here's my 2 cents worth....
>
> I never take a plant from a greenhouse and plant it in the ground...
> doesn't matter what plant or size. They need to harden off, even in
> July. Even if the sun and temp isn't the issue, the wind is.
>
>
> Are these small plugs you are talking about? Or 4inch pots? If they are
> plugs, I would pot up... if they are 4 inch pots (or there about) they
> should have been repotted already from the initial growing media,
> probably twice already, so no I wouldn't do the extra work.
>
>
> I am known to hold everything, waiting for who knows what, so have
> adapted to bury many 4 inch pots in the holding bed. They don't dry out
> as fast or need as much water. Might want to consider that too...
>
>
> Just my thoughts....and I am not an expert. Would like to hear what others
do...
>
> Donna
>
>
> > > pot them up in quarts and gallons.  A lot will eventually go in the
>
> > ground.
>
> > Being July, many of these little pots are pretty well-packed with roots.
>
> > My philosophy:  I don't like putting something like that directly in the
>
> > ground, so I pot to quarts, grow on a little while until they stretch
their
>
> > roots out and then put in the ground in September.  Also, even though
they
>
> > may be full sun plants, going from greenhouse to all day hot sun can be
too
>
> > stressful.  Potting enables them to be moved to shelter if needed and
more
>
> > slowly acclimated to such conditions.
>
> >
>
> > This, of course, is extra work, and a small extra expense for potting.
Do
>
> > you all think this is necessary or am I over-doing it?
>
> >
>
> > Kitty
>
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