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Post  bpbdrummer on 3/20/2010, 1:08 pm

So I got Spring fever and went a little overboard planting everything and anything into the starter cells. In all of that mess I have about 6 watermelon plants, canteloupe, crookneck squash, cucumber and zucchini all doing really well but now I'm reading that all of those are really difficult to transplant.

I would hate to lose everything and have to replant them so whats the best way to go about it? they're growing in one of those 72 cell jiffy trays, i could just cut off the material surrounding the individual cells and plant directly in the garden, i figure that would be the least damaging way to transplant.

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Post  martha on 3/20/2010, 1:48 pm

so tell us more about what exactly what type of cells in which they are planted. The plastic ones? Peat pot types?
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Post  bpbdrummer on 3/20/2010, 3:19 pm

they're just the jiffy brand plastic cells with peat insert, you add water and in peat expands and you plant the seeds in there.

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Post  martha on 3/20/2010, 3:43 pm

My thought is if you very carefully cut through the netting in a few places - don't worry about removing it completely - the roots could meander around and do what they wish.

I have used those cells before. It was pre-SFG so who knows why my success was limited? Besides, starting seeds used to be what I did for entertainment until I could buy starts at the garden centers!

I am using peat pots right now. I have heard mixed things about them also, but I had a large collection of them from years past. I noticed a statement on the packages that says they are good for plants with aggressive roots, like tomatoes. So we will see what happens.

Any rate, back to your garden, my other thought is try cutting through the netting on a few of each type of plant, so if it doesn't work and things die, you haven't lost all 72.

Then if they still seem happy, you can cut through the rest of them. While I am typing I can't see your profile, so I am not sure where you are located. If you aren't ready to put things in the garden, maybe put them in large-ish peat pots. I am planning on slicing through mine before I put them in the garden.

Do I sound like a violent person with all this slicing I am planning and suggesting?
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Post  choksaw on 3/20/2010, 4:41 pm

i use those exact same starter for most of my plants but have found that certain plants do not do well in them

1.Squash
2.melons
3.cucumbers
4.peas
5.beans
these i direct sow as soon as the soil is warm enough for some reason these plants get real leggy real quick
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