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Close cold call

I almost planted my seedlings this week. After all the last frost for my area is march 15 or the 30th depending on your source. And it was well into the 80s this month. But I waited even though these seedlings are jumping out the window and we froze last night. Whew .. Close call. I think I'll wait till April 5. Does anyone know if seedlings suffer from prolonged stays in the starter trays?

5 comments:

velokitty said...

My tomatoes always get too leggy, bit I just bury them deeper after hardening off. Everything else seems just fine.

Melissa said...

have you thinned them out yet? they may get a little leggy, so I just plant them a bit deeper - never had any problems!!

mc said...

You don't want to leave them to long. 8 days should be perfectly alright. Bigger plant, bigger root mass, more leaves, more evaporation through the leaves. Most importantly they have the potential to go through more water...and most likely will. I think that made sense.

mc said...

You don't want to leave them to long. Eight days should be perfectly fine. Just be aware of the moisture of the soil. Older/large plant means bigger root mass, more plant above soil. More evaporation is going on through the leaves. The plant will have the potential to suck up more water...and probably will. The younger the plant the more quickly it can perish when climate fluctuates in extremes. I hope that all made sense...I ate with a Spaniard tonight who really liked his "artisan" wine.

Ganesha said...

plant them and keep burlap or other cover ready for forecasted freeze, mulch also the young plants; just a thougt