The 200 heirloom tomato plants outgrew their soil pots this week so it was time to transplant them into larger pots. We haven't perfected making larger soil pots yet (they tend to fall apart when we move them) so we used biodegradable peat pots. We were hoping to use coir pots (made of coconut husks) because they are a more sustainable product but they were sold out everywhere. We'll order them early next season.
We started the transplant at 1 PM and finished around 8 PM. This included set-up time, preparing the organic potting soil, cleaning up and a one hour break when our local irrigation expert came by to talk to us.
When it comes time to transplant, the root system is very established in the 2.5 inch soil pots. Using soil pots minimizes any stress and damage to the roots during transplant. Once we get going we have a pretty good system:
We both carried the trays back into the mudroom which is acting as our greenhouse for the second year in a row. Space is becoming a problem, especially after the transplant. We fit 24 soil pots in each tray, but only 8 peat pots. Also the tomatoes are a foot or more tall, so we have to remove some of the shelves to give them space to grow. We're gonna need a bigger greenhouse!
If you're interested in purchasing one of the heirloom tomato plants you've read about here, please visit Our Plants page for more information. The biodegradable peat pots can be planted directly in the ground making transplanting it to your garden quick and easy.
Happy Friday the 13th - 13 is a lucky number for both of us!
Sue & Mike