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Hunk-O-Seedlings Transplant Method
Don't thin your seedlings, instead hunk them! WinterSown's Hunk-O-Seedling transplant method will help you to quickly and easily pant your garden. Divide your thickest flats of seedlings into smaller hunks to make plugs to plant. Ma Nature will cull the weakest seedlings for you and with care your healthy WS seedlings will grow into a lush clump.
A tightly germinated flat of cilantro seedlings. Notice the blue lid in the background? You can winter sow under tinted plastic with no problems.
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The entire flat is now divided and ready for transplanting.
This is the cilantro flat tipped over and out of its container. You can see the large roots holding the soil mass together.
This page last modified on Saturday, January 02, 2016
Here the seedlings are divided in half. You can use a small straight-edge knife to cut through soil and roots and gently work the soil and roots apart with your fingers.
These are smaller hunks made from a half. Just pry off a hunk and do it gently to minimize tearing roots. These hunks are about an inch or so wide, they are a nice size for transplant plugs.
The hunks are planted in staggered spacing about five inches apart from each other. These ill be lots of room for the cilantro clumps to grow and fill in.
Gently dribble the transplant solution around the transplanted hunk. Water thoroughly and be ready to water regularly over the next few days to keep the soil moist. Taper back watering after the seedlings 'take' and begin to grow without your assistance. Weed as needed.
A bucket of transplant solution ready to water the transplants.