Here are some tips for when your homegrown or store-bought seedlings are ready to be planted in the garden:
- To reduce plant stress and make them easier to handle, water plants before transplanting.
- Ideally you won’t have to touch the plant at all, but if this is necessary, avoid touching the stem and lift the plant by its leaves.
- The best time to transplant is in cloudy, cool weather. If this is not possible try to shade your seedlings with your body or an umbrella.
- Most vegetables benefit from being transplanted up to the first true leaves (burying the cotyledon – the leaves from inside the seed).