Eco Urban Sustainability Newsletter choosing seedlings to buy! (Marty WARE)

Choosing seedlings to buy!

You may have decided to purchase seedlings or sprout your own.
Either way you will need to know what to keep an eye out for.

Yes, healthy is key!
But there are some other factors you need to be aware of!
And, yes avoid!

Avoid seedlings that are long lanky and thin. These have been growing for the light and lack the vital strength they need.
Look for seedlings that are medium in length with a nice strong sturdy stem.

Avoid root bound (pot-bound) seedlings, even if they are on special. These guys hardly ever come good and are a waste of time.

Usually they look stunted (bonsai) and have major root compaction.

Avoid seedlings with ants on them!
This is a sign that they could be suffering from scale or Aphids.
Take a good look and see if they are growing on the leaf or in-between the stems.
Follow the ants.
They will lead you straight to them.

Avoid Yellowing leaf plants
This is a deficiency in vital nutrients and is common in some seedlings.
Look for deep green plants that look happy!

Final Tip.
When you purchase seedlings they may of been raised in a greenhouse and not been hardened off yet.
You will need to gradually increase them to full sun.
Fast exposure to full sun will create shock and possibly kill your beloved seedlings.

See you on day 9 for the article Getting Your Seedlings Ready To Plant

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.