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Up-potting your seedlings

Remember those seedlings I planted a few weeks ago?  Yeah, they were getting super leggy and needed some more growing room.  But I’m lazy, and it took me a little too long to do it.  Let’s see if these suckers survive this transplant.

Once your plants get their “true leaves” (the littlest one on this plant), they are ready for larger digs.

For this you’ll need more of the seed starting mixture that you used for the seedlings.  And larger containers for the seedlings to move in to.  You can use things like yogurt containers or peat pots, or whatever the hell you can find.  And a kitchen spoon.  You’ll need that too.

Optional but useful is to have a body guard on hand in case someone tries to come by and steal your seedlings.

Fill your new container with a little bit of soil.

Using your spoon, scoop the seedling out of the little cell, and deposit it in the new your new container.  Add enough soil so that the seedling is just barely above the soil line.


Put your new seed cups back under your grow lights.  Then pray.  Pray really hard that they don’t die.

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6 comments on “Up-potting your seedlings”

  1. Tried this method using a bodyguard to transplant mint and stevia seedlings. Bodyguard ATE said seedlings! Now I have mostly just knawed stems. Still praying…

  2. Love this post, and especially your “homemade” dirt recipe. I found a link on pinterest you might like too, instead paying for your peat pots check these out: and you can plant these just like the peat! And not too many people go without toilet paper! 🙂

  3. I so enjoy your writing “voice.” You make me laugh as I read. Great plant “body-guard” shot as well.

    • Aww, thanks! My husband and I joke that I write like Christopher Walken talks – without a filter and little use for punctuation!

      The plant body guard is pretty important for successful seedling transplanting.

  4. I needed help with this last year, this year I’m too afraid to try again! I wanted to tell you I just found your blog from the Shower Vapor post, and I love it, especially your title! I’m a new follower!

    • I’m nervous myself this year! The only other time I’ve started seeds was when we lived in Los Angeles – easy gardening weather! So far (fingers crossed and knock on wood), things are surviving.