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Transplanting cuttings & seedlings

Plants are typically propagated (from seed or cutting) in a dedicated propagation system. However, as they mature, this growing environment is no longer satisfactory for future growth i.e. insufficient room for root or foliar growth, insufficient light, etc. It therefore becomes necessary to transplant them into a system that will support optimum growth through to the flowering / fruiting phase.

When transplanting, plant the entire root ‘block’ used in the propagation system. This will avoid disturbing the roots. If you have to remove the seedling from the propagation medium, ensure to be gentle with the roots:

1. Allow the roots to settle naturally into the new medium. Do not allow the roots to become twisted or bent upwards (Fig 17.8).

2. Plant the seedling to the same depth as it was before.

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