Aug 8, 2008

Transplanting – A gardener’s dread! Every gardener no matter a pro or an amateur dread transplanting and I, being the latter, was petrified. Yes, I have transplanted Bittergourds and Jequirity, but with them I didn’t have to separate seedlings, but with my Balsam, I had to. I did a big mistake by sowing Balsam in pot and placing it in a place where it doesn’t get lot of light.

After lots of googling and advices from experts at forums, I finally did transplant four of them into a small pot. I watered them not profusely, but just a bit to keep the soil moist (or so I thought), as it was raining the whole day. I placed it on the wall that receives most sunlight and I was cursed with a scorching sun the next day. I didn’t notice that as I was sleeping till afternoon (as I work in night shifts). After lunch I went out to see that one of the seedlings had fallen dead, two had flopped over and the fourth was partly wilted. I thought they were all going to say goodbye to me, but I watered them nonetheless – as a kind of send off treatment. Well, three of them left me and today when I peeked at the pot, the lone, victorious warrior seemed healthy bringing a smile to my lips. Will he live? Guess time will tell.
A beginner gardener never learns in his initial stages I guess! Well, I didn’t. I was so excited when I got sunflower seeds weeks ago and emptied half of its contents into a cardboard shoebox and within a week they were all healthy and non-lanky. I thought I did everything right and jumped gleefully, but Mother Nature smiled pitifully at me by raining down two days leaving them all tall and lanky. First of all, I should have read twice at the back of the packet about sowing the seeds directly where I want to grow them, but as I said an amateur never learns in initial stages. Today I dreaded transplanting them and after lots of googling again, I dared to do them a bit more carefully (as Balsam seedling taught me a few things about separating seedlings) and transplanted five in a pot. I know, I know! You’d all say I’m doing a mistake (may be, I AM!), but my guess is that two of them (I seriously wish they don’t), but… but… do I have to say it? Err…

What the heck! Let me face it… I guess two of them might again goodbye to me forever. Now what about the 40+ seedling beautifully smiling at me? I gotta find pots for them all! I’m already planning to give a few of them out to my neighbors and friends, but even them I’ll have more than a handful… Guess I gotta do some shopping…


Krinish said...

Hi chandra.
Its indeed very exiting time of the year. I hav my little babies growing up. I will be trasplanting them this week. I directly sowed Nasturtium in big pots, so they will not need any transplanting.
You can try your hand at them, the flowers are edible and can be used for salad.
I sowed 4 varieties of cosmos, they are just doing fine, and i have to transplant them this week.
I alos tried Zinnia's thsi year and all the seed have germinated. Will be needling atleast 30 pots. I guess they grow good even in smaller pots, provided good food is supplied in form of bone meal and other mixes.
I also successfully germinated Antirrhinum, the seeds were super fine, just fractionally bigger than the petunia seeds.
This week i went to the lalbaugh flower show and guess what i Buyed. 7 different colours of Caranation cuttings, wonderfully potted in small cocoa peat pots. I am super exited about the. I also bought lily blubs, the exotic asiatic ones.
I have not yet planted them. I will shortly.
I will post my pics on the gardening website. keep a watch.
I see you are slowly getting into gardening, reading your blogs. yes it is highly addictive.
Do let me know if you want any seeds, i will be more than willing to lend an helping hand


A wildlife gardener said...

How are all these seedlings coming along now? Have you eaten them? Do the sunflowers have seedheads yet?

Antigonum Cajan said...

Propagating is my thing, with a survival rate of 8 out of 10.

However I should explain.
I avoid planting seeds to move from
one pot to another except for trees.
Usually, I propagate by division or
stem cuttings.

Since I create my own soil with
coffe grounds, dry leaves, soil from the yard and some manure, my survival rate is good.

Propagating, is the most interesting aspect of gardening from my stance.

Until then