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New Weekly Project

If you grew some crops for last weeks project, they will probably be large by now, which means it is a good idea to prick them out / pot them on depending on how you grew them. If they are not, wait until they are large enough to handle first.

Pricking Out

When you have seedlings which are too large to stay in the seed tray or pots anymore, and are large enough to handle, you should prick them out into larger pots. Make sure you prepare enough pots first, as plants with uncovered roots often wilt. Poke a hole in the soil surface with your finger for the new seedling.

 

  1. Using the tip of a pencil, lift the plant’s roots out carefully from under the soil, while supporting the leaves with your fingers.
  2. Once the roots are loose, lift the plant by a leaf and place it into the new pot. Make sure it is not too deep.
  3. Gently push down the soil around the plant to firm it down, and water well.