[Homestead] Transplanting depth

Clansgian at wmconnect.com Clansgian at wmconnect.com
Wed Mar 18 09:12:32 EDT 2009

> >I'm not in an experimental mood-don't want to risk losing anything.
> Is there anything that can be planted deeper when it is being 
> transplanted, the way one deep plants tomatoes and peppers?

The deeper you plant tomatoes the better.  I generally strip off all the 
leaves but he top crown and bury the rest of the plant.

Peppers are riskier.  Like tomatoes do with a vengence, peppers will somewhat 
set roots along the stem if it is in contact with the soil.  But the risk of 
rot and fungus is greater.

Not a good idea with brassicas.  If the plant is leggy, it is better to plant 
it at the depth it was as a seedling and heap dry mulch around it instead of 

It is counter productive to plant onion plants (or leeks or garlic or 
shallots) more than an inch.  The plant wants to form bulb at ground level and it 
will be annoyed if it has to adjust itself to any depth other than that.

Obviously melons, squashes, and cukes will rot in a minute if planted too 

I also transplant turnips, kale, spinach, beets, lettuce, and just about 
everything else by carrots and parsnips.  Ground level or maybe just a tiny bit 
more for support is best.

To best establish and survive transplants, make a hole for the plant, hold 
the plant in place - where you want it and at the depth you want it, and then 
water the plant with the result of washing the soil onto the roots.  Then press 
the soil around the plant to fill in the rest of the hole.


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