Seedlings vs. Seeds
Starting seeds from scratch is tough, and if you’re like us, we prefer the pre-started seedlings you can catch on sale. In order for them to thrive and grow, however, you need to repot them in a more permanent home. Repotting plants is easy with our 4 step method.
For this article, we’ve chosen to use pots to show off our GOR-801 Steel Cart, which is great for watering the pots after you’ve planted the sprouts in them.
We’ve chosen to plant Bee Balm, which helps pollinators stay alive. (Read more about our Save Our Pollinators Partner here.) In addition to the blooms being beneficial for our buzzing friends, the flowers can be used in teas. We’ve also chosen two types of lavender: Spanish and Elegance Purple Blooms. Repotting plants is easy with our 4 step method.
Lavender is a versatile herb used in teas, butters, cookies, and even laundry. Our blogger also loves mixing a tablespoon of the dried blooms in with coffee grounds in the morning for an eventful take on a latte. For these reasons, we recommend you plant more than one lavender plant to avoid over harvesting, which can ultimately harm the plant in the long run. The plants adapt fairly well after repotting provided you water them frequently for the first few days.
We’ve paired the lavender plants with Purple Alyssum blooms. These plants are frequently used in ground coverage, but when placed in a potted setting, can cascade down the side of the pot in a rich display of fragrant blooms.
Purple Alyssums make for beautiful cascading, fragrant blooms.
Materials for repotting your plants:
- Potting soil (We like the kind that prevents over watering/drought.)
- Garden Gloves
- Garden Shovel
- Plants to transplant
You’ll need a few materials to for your repotting plant project. Everything can be found at your favorite lawn and garden store.
Rocks keep the plant from tipping over, but for larger pots, you can recycle peanuts in the bottoms to make them easier to move.
Step 1: Prepare your pots
For this part, we kept the liner in the cart to catch any falling dirt. Fill the bottoms of the pots with at least a few inches of rocks. The rocks prevent overwatering and also give the pots some weight to prevent being blown over by the wind. Put some potting soil over the rocks, enough to cover them. Take your plant and test how far the plant will sit up in the pot. The plant base should sit at least 1 1/2″ away from the rim of the pot. If it doesn’t, add more dirt until it does.
If the roots are too tight to loosen with your fingers, you can take scissors and make vertical cuts up the sides of the soil cluster.
Step 2: Measure the soil
Cut the wrappers off of the plant, and peel the outer compost layer off of the soil. You can put these in the pot, as they will decompose over time. If the root clusters look and feel tight, gently break them up with your fingers. The roots need to be able to easily spread in the new dirt, and helping the plant separate the roots will aid in the roots adjusting to the new soil.
Measure the top of the soil from the seedling to the rim of the pot.
Press firmly, but not hard enough to crush the roots or move the plant over in the pot.
Step 3: Move your plants
Put the plant in the pot, and put soil around the edges of the plant. Gently, but firmly pack the soil in with your fingertips. The soil will have a lot of air in it, and you want to make sure the soil won’t blow away or get too easily displaced when you water it. When repotting plants, it’s best to err on the safe side and pack down until the dirt doesn’t float when you water it. After you’ve finished working with adding new soil, take out the liner and pour the excess spilled soil back in to the container. (Easy, huh?)
Repotting plants is a perfect afternoon activity. You’ll want to avoid moving the plants in the hottest part of the day.
Step 4: Water your plants
Leave your liner out of the cart, and put the pots on the mesh. Give the pots a good watering. You’ll need to make sure the soil is nice and saturated, and let the excess drain out of the pots. Wheel the pots to the location you’ll be placing them in, and voila! Enjoy!
It’s best to put the lavender plants in a place with great sun coverage. They’re drought tolerant, but you’ll need to water the plants every day until the plants are established in the new home (usually about a week or so.)
The GOR-801 is the perfect watering companion.