This trial is to try and find out which method of seed sowing is the quickest and easiest and results in plants that grow quickly once they are moved to the allotment.
I looked at the seedlings in the cells and the transplanted ones and decided they were big enough to go out on the plot.
This is the part that I find difficult with cell seedlings: getting them out of the cells without destroying the roots. What I noticed this time around was that the more roots, the easier it was to get the seedling out. The easiest way is to quickly squeeze both sides of the cell and then pull the seedling out. I have tried just pushing from the bottom of each plant but can’t get them out completely.
A root system like the one on the Red Frills mustard below will come out reasonably easily.
The rocket seedlings, however, were still tiny and I could not get them out intact at all. I left the rest in the cells to get bigger and try again later.
What this did mean though is that I didn’t go ahead and plant out the transplanted seedlings. They look the same size as the seedlings that had been sown in the cells but their root systems can’t be as big.
I am going to leave these another week and then plant out. It is probably just as well because I am going to have to clear some ground for these.
Conclusions from today are:
- seedlings in cells probably need a bit longer than I really want to give them to ensure that they have good root systems that come out of the cells easily
- transplanted seedlings will definitely take longer to get into the ground – they are still not in yet whilst the seeds sown in soil blocks are in the ground and growing.