Using those free *Jiffy Pots*
Transplanting for more Root Space
A few days ago I ‘splained how I use old newspapers, a glass, scissors and a stapler to make *almost free* (dirt cheap) jiffy pots.
The way this process went, I made up a bunch of 3″ pots, on the kitchen table.
I went out in the garage and mixed a five gallon bucket half full of potting soil with warm water and brought that into the kitchen.
Then, after my hands were nice and dirty from mixing the soil and water, I thought it would be nice to take some pictures. Thankfully, our “Little Princess” was home from school, and “volunteered” to be the photographer. Thanks, Little Princess!
Next I brought the seed tray with the taller-than-they-oughtta-be-for-that-size-seed-tray plants and set them on the table.
By gently squeezing the inverted cone shape one can E-A-S-E the soil plug with the plant, intact, out of the seed tray.
Then I set the plug down, take one of my home made, dirt cheap pots and fill it full of moist potting mix. (This is the funpart, coming up)
I jam 2 or 3 fingers into the center of the pot, and compress the soil against the side walls. This leaves a hole in the center, all the way to the bottom. The hole is created not too little, not too big, but Just Right for the recently removed plug, and that plug is then very gentlypushed down as deep as it will go. With tomatoes, I try to bury them right up to (within 1/2″) the bottom of the true leaves (Not the dicotyledons). If the plant is still too tall, I spiral the trunk around in the hole. The *trunk* magically becomes root, and this is good.
And then, ideally, the soil at the top of the plug is just slightly lower that the soil around the edges, as this will funnel water right down to the root ends. If the plant is too far down, just add in a little more potting soil. When you have done all this, the new transplant looks kinda like this:
After you have finished with the transplanting, give the fresh transplants a good drink. The newspaper gives you feedback that the soil is well moistened, but it does not *contain* the water. At this stage you can see I use the top of a styrofoam ( thank you Jon Huntsman!) egg carton as a drip barrier. The newspaper pots must be coerced somewhat to fit in and rest flat.
So a little watering and a return to the south-facing windows, and your transplants can stretch out their legs (roots) and continue on growing until their eventual trip to the garden.
- Almost Free *Jiffy* Pots (viewfrombippus.wordpress.com)
- Seed Germination – Underway (viewfrombippus.wordpress.com)