Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I decided to prick out some of my tomatoes because they were competing with some other seedlings. At the time I was slightly concerned that I had transplanted them early because their true leaves hadn’t come through yet.
Well, today I was outside (repotting some strawberries, but that’s another post) when I realised something interesting. My pricked out tomatoes looked like this:
But the tomatoes that I had left where they were until they grew their true leaves looked like this:
A drastic difference, no?
I grabbed some larger pots that I had purchased for when the tomatoes were ready to be transplanted and moved some of them over.
Unfortunately I only had six of the pots, so another seven plants stayed where they were. I shall have to head to the shops tomorrow to get some more! My original intention was to move the tomato plants inside their egg cups (rather than disturbing the root system) but apparently the tomatoes had other ideas as it was rather difficult to achieve. I may try it with the remaining seven plants and compare those that were disturbed and those that weren’t.
Have you had any surprising results when transplanting plants?