How to Care for Burpee Seedlings

Overview

When you choose to purchase seedlings from a company such as Burpee, you will be saving yourself the time and trouble of starting many plants from seed. From tomatoes to flowering ornamentals, Burpee Seeds offers a wide variety of choices for home gardeners. Although different types of plants have slightly different needs, most plants require well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. Be sure to follow the instructions that are included with your shipment of seedlings in order to give your new plants a good, healthy start in life.

Step 1

Plant your Burpee seedlings as soon as possible after they arrive, but be sure to harden them off before you set them into the ground. To do this, water your seedlings well and then introduce them to direct sunlight for increasing amounts of time every day for about one week. Expose seedlings to direct sun for only 10 minutes the first day, and then double that time the second day and succeeding days. By the end of one week, your seedlings will be able to tolerate direct sun all day. Don't forget to water your seedlings every day before you put them in the sun.

Step 2

Prepare your planting area while your Burpee seedlings are becoming accustomed to life in the sun. Choose a sunny area with well-draining soil that is at least 2 feet wide and 4 feet long. Pull all weeds and then spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost and/or peat moss over the soil surface. Dig it under to a depth of 8 inches using your shovel. Then run a sprinkler for at least 20 minutes to water the area thoroughly.

Step 3

Handle Burpee seedlings carefully by lifting them by their leaves and not their tender young stems, which can easily break or get bruised from handling, according to Sunset.com.

Step 4

Dig planting holes slightly larger than your seedlings' root systems, using your trowel. Burpee advises setting one plant into each hole, making sure to keep its crown level with the soil surface. Then fill in the hole with additional soil/compost/peat moss. Firm the soil gently with your hands.

Step 5

Spread a 2-inch layer of compost or other mulch around the base of your Burpee seedlings and then water the area again for 20 to 30 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Mulch
  • Sprinkler
  • Iron phosphate

References

  • Burpee: How to Plant and Grow Your Perennial Plants
  • Sunset: Seedling Care
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About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.