Transplant to slightly larger container.

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by sgbotsford, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford Active Member 10 Years

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    Rural Edmonton Alberta area, Canada
    I'm looking at a job bidding on 5000 seeding trees bought as your typical forestry seedling plugs (412's) and transplanting them into 1.5" x 7 inch cone-tainers for a trade show.

    The problem is that there is only about 1/4" space around the seedling. How do I fill this narrow a space efficiently?

    My first thought was to use a mix of sand and very fine peatmoss, but this doesn't flow evenly enough.

    My second thought is to get a slurry pump, and repeatedly fill and let drain the cells.

    Anyone done anything like this.
  2. Thean

    Thean Active Member 10 Years

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    Edmonton, Alberta
    Good Morning,
    Push the plug flush against a side and you'll get 1/2" space. Fill that with dry garden soil mixed with sand. This mixture flows very evenly. It's easier to water after transplanting as dry sand and soil absorb water more readily than dry peat moss and sand. Hope that helps.

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