How To Transplant AeroGarden Plants and Herbs
Do you know growing plants and herbs in AeroGarden is the future of indoor gardening?
Isn’t that something amazing?
Since its first introduction to the general public, it’s been trending among veteran gardeners and indoor and outdoor garden hobbyists for its ease of use and transplanting efficiency.
There’s no doubt about it; a successful and right AeroGarden plants and herbs transplanting guide will absolutely transform how your indoor and outdoor garden operates.
Transplanting AeroGarden plants and herbs is essential to increase their life cycle, get over with over-crowding, and limit disease spread and fungal infections. Moreover, transplanting AeroGarden plants and herbs to outdoor environments is less laborious d much more efficient than traditional seedlings. It can also, many a time, set you apart from your local competitors, and you can easily re-vegetate any barren plot around your backyard.
If you’ve been dreaming about building an on or off-season indoor or outdoor garden, proper guidance on how to transplant AeroGarden plants and herbs is important.
Keeping the importance of transplanting in view, below I’ve covered all the steps that are crucial for the successful transplanting of AeroGarden plants and herbs into your indoor or outdoor garden.
Why should you transplant AeroGarden plants and herbs to containers or outdoor environments?
“Transplanting is a horticultural technique by which a plant can be moved from its original place of growth and germination to another place.”
It allows you to reap the following benefits:
- Transplanting AeroGarden plants and herbs provides room to grow.
- It limits the chance of over-crowding and the development of various fungal diseases such as root rot and wilt.
- It adds to the health and vigorous growth of plants and herbs.
- Considered best for the overall well-being of plants and herbs.
- Helps you transform your backyard and re-vegetate any leftover barren surface.
An Insider Guide to Transplant Your AeroGarden Plants and Herbs to Indoor or Outdoor Settings
Here’s the guide to transplant plants and herbs from AeroGarden to your garden:
Step 1: Select and opt your pots
It’s very important to decide what size of pots you’ll need for transplanting plants and herbs from AeroGarden beds to the pots. The game of pots entirely depends on your end game – what you are trying to achieve with the transplants. If you want to grow them in pots for the rest of the seasons, don’t miss on using pots that are at least 5” in diameter. Make sure that the pots encourage a high drainage system otherwise your plants will die.
On the other hand, if you’re planning about transplanting your transplants to the outdoor garden after few days then 3 to 4” of pot size is sufficient.
Remember, the end game of pot size depends on your needs and demands, choose decisively!
Step 2: Prepare the soil
Apart from the pot size and its quality, potting soil quality is highly crucial.
It is necessary to choose high-quality potting soil or a good seedling starting mix otherwise the transplants will fail to grow and nurture.
If you’ve got a shorthand on high-quality potting soil or a short supply of good quality seedling starting mix, use organic soil.
I believe organic soil is also a good choice.
Now fill the pots with soil about 2/3 full and moisten it with filtered water, at least, until the soil is damp.
Step 3: Put off plants and herbs from AeroGarden
The procedure to pull off plants and herbs from the AeroGarden depends on the age of the plants.
It is relatively easy to pull off plants and herbs from the AeroGarden cells that are young and new.
On the other hand, if plants and herbs have established themselves then a lot of work and care is mandatory to remove them from the cells.
Concerning newly established plants and herbs, you can take them out easily without much effort and headache. To do so, take the grow sponge out of the growing basket.
Yes, that’s it!
Nevertheless, if your plants and herbs are fully established then you’ll have to take your time and carefully pull them off.
- Slowly and carefully tease the grow basket out of the AeroGarden.
- Be gentle, wiggle it from side to side, and pull up.
- It’s going to take forever, particularly if you’ve grown plants and herbs densely. Overcrowding takes additional time and care.
- Don’t rush. Don’t risk damaging the roots. If you’ve by any chance damaged the roots, your plants and herbs will soon die.
- If the roots are stuck and you can’t wiggle them up, try to cut some roots with clean scissors to allow the growth basket to come free. Note: Do this if you’ve no other choice left on your hand.
- Once you’ve got the pod out, you’ll see vertically grown roots, big roots, long ones. In AeroGarden roots have the tendency to grow vertically to take up the nutrients.
Step 4: How to deal with the growing basket
Are you ready to make a decision and be master of herbs fate?
I hope you’re.
In the previous step you’ve pulled out herbs and plants with the grow basket intact, so it’s up to you whether you remove or leave the grow basket intact.
Some keep the grow basket intact while others remove it and then transplant them in pots.
So, it’s unto you what method you opt to go with!
If you want to keep the roots protected from damage and you’re new to this field, I suggest keeping the grow basket intact. If you’re in the business of AeroGardening then you can remove the grow basket and then transplant the herbs and plants.
Some believe removing grow baskets from herbs leads to poor growth and eventually death!
In a nutshell, leave the grow basket intact to the roots of plants and herbs if you’re not good enough with detaching the grow basket from the roots. Removing it from the roots is a tedious job!
Step 5: Put plants in pots
Be ready to put your plants and herbs in their new home.
Transplant your herbs and plants (with or without grow basket) into the container or pot and spread the roots of each transplant horizontally, as best as you can, in the potting soil.
Next, cover the roots with some extra potting soil, and congratulations you’re done transplanting!
Step 6: Put the pot or container in a well-lit place
After transplanting your plants and herbs it’s crucial to put your pots or containers in a well-lit place for about 07 to 10 days.
Don’t expose the new transplants to direct sunlight! First, let them harden off.
After 10 days you can take the transplants anywhere you want.
Step 7: Watering
During the initial days of transplanting, your plants and herbs are going to need a lot of water and moisture.
Don’t play foolishly.
Supply water to the baby transplants in an adequate amount and never let the potting soil turn dry.
And yes, one more thing, avoid over and underwatering!
In a nutshell,
- Keep the potting or organic soil moist by regularly supplying fresh tap water.
- You can easily get high-standard soil for your pots from a hydroponic store or garden center.
- Pull off plants and herbs from your AeroGarden gently.
- Use garden scissors (clean ones) cut the basket in half lengthwise to separate roots of plants and herbs from the grow basket. Now you’re free to remove pods from roots.
- To speed up the adaptation and growth process in outside environments, push the roots into a 4 to 5” peat pot.
- Carefully add some soil around the roots and cover them completely.
- As mentioned, a well-lit place is crucial for the growth and development of newly transplanted transplants. After a week or so, move the pots to full sunlight conditions.
- Add water and keep the soil evenly moist.
- After the transplants have completed the hardening off period, you’re free to take the pots to outside environments.