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Unless sown directly into their final positions, sooner or later, young vegetable plants have to be set out in the soil. This a crucial stage when the plants are vulnerable to stress from cold and drought, and also vulnerable to birds, slugs and other pests.
Most vegetables can be raised as transplants and are then easy to set out. Here are the most suitable, including the preferred method/s of raising:
Ones that transplant poorly or need special care include:
Plants and vegetables such as leeks and cabbages are slow to mature and take up a lot of space if sown in their final positions. To make better use of space, they are best soil in rows in a seedbed, then lifted as bare root transplants (i.e. the soil knocked off the roots) as young plants.
The term ‘bare root’ may also be applied to young plants extracted from a seedtray.
Pot- or cell tray-grown plants are especially easily transplanted. Since the potting compost comes with the plant and the roots are undisturbed, plants raised in this way suffer minimal transplanting shock. However, they can be more tricky to tend, being prone to drying out or becoming pot-bound.
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