Eliminating Transplant Shock for Raised Garden Beds

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How to eliminate transplant shock for a raised garden bed; get professional tips and advice from an expert on growing your own plants and herbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Travis Steglich

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We are going to plant in this raised bed we are going to plant some strawberries that are in peat pots. These pots are made out of peat moss and are biodegradable and they eliminate transplant shock which is a primary problem with most plants. The only thing that has to be done is there is a plastic ridge around the top which may or may not depending on what you are going to do, may need to be removed. Once you remove that and dig the hole, you plant the plant with a few roots coming out of the bottom, you plant the plant directly and the pot actually turns into fertilizer. I am going to plant it close to the edge over here, not too deep. Strawberries you can't plant the crown or the growing point of strawberries under the ground or below surface because if it stands water on it, it will rot. So that right there is all there is to it. That plant will never experience any transplant shock. I have some spinach here which is grown in a traditional what is called a 9-pack and in order to get it out, you have to work around the pot itself and when you pull the plant out, you expose the entire root system to the air. This root system is going to take a while to re-establish itself and make contact with the planting medium. Therefore, it is going to experience some transplant shock. How much it experiences has a whole lot to do how good of a job you do keeping it watered and putting on a start pf fertilizer or something that will slow down the stress that is associated with transplanting. It is like being born. So a peat pot if you can get them, a lot more expensive, if you can get them and a way to fly because you can eliminate your transplant shock completely.