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June 5, 2012 - 1:38 pm

I had planted capsicum seeds in bunch in small container. After few leaves came out, I shifted all together in big 20 cm size pot. Now the plants are almost 10 cm and around 20 in qty. So all are crowded together.

 

They look so delicate, so I want guidance on how to transplant them? In one pot, how many maximum plants can I keep?

 

Please reply fast. Thanks in advance.

 

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20 seedlings in one container could be difficult to salvage. You can plant only one 1 per container. My suggestions is to take a large tub and fill it with water. Now reverse the container carefully and take the seedlings and the media and place them in the tub. Gently wash the media away to expose the roots. If you have used cocopeat then this should be a fairly simple task. In case you have used soil then let it soak for a while before you carefully remove the clumps of soil. After most of the soil is removed fill the tub with fresh water and gently sway the plants and untangle the roots. Care must be taken during this process to avoid as much root damage as possible. Keep the roots in water all the while.

 

Do this in cool weather conditions such as in the evenings. Now transplant one seedling per container and give good amount of water. Keep the plants in shade and hope they survive the transplantation shock.

 

Hope this helps and keep us posted on the progress.

BTW, welcome to the forum.

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June 15, 2012 - 10:46 am

Hi,

I am interested in growing capsicums in a pot, pls. let me know if we can take the seeds from a capsicum directly or do we need to buy the seeds from the nursery?

 

Thanks in advance!

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You will have to buy the seeds. Depending on where you are from you might even get young seedlings at some nurseries.

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Hi Srikanth,

 

Even I have sown red bell peppers.nothings coming out.its been 5 days already.seems it take long for it to germinate.do you suggest to germinate it in a moist napkin inside a ziplock bag,to speeden up the process.its already 40+degree in delhi. ur suggestion required.

 

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Hi Srikanth,

 

Even I have sown red bell peppers.nothings coming out.its been 5 days already.seems it take long for it to germinate.do you suggest to germinate it in a moist napkin inside a ziplock bag,to speeden up the process.its already 40+degree in delhi. ur suggestion required.

 

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Patience, Patience, Patience... In one of the posts (I think growing Petunias) GG said the seeds do not know that it is your first time 🙂

 

It generally takes anywhere between 7 to 10 days to germinate.

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Srikanth said:

20 seedlings in one container could be difficult to salvage. You can plant only one 1 per container. My suggestions is to take a large tub and fill it with water. Now reverse the container carefully and take the seedlings and the media and place them in the tub. Gently wash the media away to expose the roots. If you have used cocopeat then this should be a fairly simple task. In case you have used soil then let it soak for a while before you carefully remove the clumps of soil. After most of the soil is removed fill the tub with fresh water and gently sway the plants and untangle the roots. Care must be taken during this process to avoid as much root damage as possible. Keep the roots in water all the while.

 

Do this in cool weather conditions such as in the evenings. Now transplant one seedling per container and give good amount of water. Keep the plants in shade and hope they survive the transplantation shock.

 

Hope this helps and keep us posted on the progress.

BTW, welcome to the forum.

 

Shrikanth,

That's an interesting way of transplanting without damaging the roots.

KTP, did it work, please update

Chitra

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shweta, did the seedlings germinate?

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GG,nothing has germinated.i checked the seeds yesterday some of them r swollen.so probbly in 2-3 days there could be seedlings.is this hot weather ok for them to grow and same with eggplant.

 

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Shweta,

 

Egg plant will handle summer with no problem at all. keep the container moist all the times. Dont let it dry. You can also mulch the top of the containers with straw/hay to reduce evaporation. Regarding the seeds that you set for germination, give it some more time.

 

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Srikanth said:

Patience, Patience, Patience... In one of the posts (I think growing Petunias) GG said the seeds do not know that it is your first time 🙂

 

It generally takes anywhere between 7 to 10 days to germinate.

I can relate to the lack of patience we first time gardeners face. When I planted my Zinni and Balsam, I saw 3 of 20 seeds germinated in 3 days time. I was so excited, little did I know, I should have allowed them to breath. But in anticipation of retaining moisture for the other seeds I didn't life the plastic up. Of course the 3 of them, turned brown (excessive moisture/ water I guess) and died out. Now the entire tray has some or the other seeds sown in it. Lets see what comes out of it. 

 

But yeah, I saw GGs videos on Spinach seeds and planted them exactly the way he did. I have almost 100% success in germination. they are tall and lanky now. Not sure what I am supposed to do now, coz I read you're supposed to add fertilizer etc only when the true leaves come out. So far none. Just a thin stem 3-4 cms tall and the cotyledons are there. 

 

Advise please?

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snorkel4u,
Ok, now what you do is, you feed the plants with weak fertilzer solution if you have. If your medium is compost cocopeat, this is not required. you can take 19-19-19 at 1g/litre and water it. They become lanky in search of light.. is there enough light?

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Very true GG, when I hads just sown the seeds, in an attempt to keep the container warm I kept them in a closed room, that's a store room in our flat, it stays warm and gets little light. Last night I kept them in the balcony and before leaving for work today morning, I kept them inside again. Right now they are in the living room which has good light during the day. Not direct sunlight but good light. 

Hope that's okay?

 Also, any pointers on the seed tray? Shall I keep them covered till the seeds germinate? Also, if few of them germinate and few don't then shall I remove the plastic from the entire tray or only the one's where germination happened?

 

Apart from using the seeding tray I also got those medium sized thick paper cups for tea and coffee. Made holes in the bottom and added ONLY moist coco peat as medium. Planted some more Zinnia and Balsam and covered them on the top with a plastic sheet and a rubber band. I did this so I could remove the plastic individually from the cups as and when the seeds sprout. 

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Hi GG,

Thanx for reverting.today morning was the happiest as I noiced one red bell pepper sapling yippeeee!!Laugh.hoping for few more to germinate nd  they'll survive too.

As for eggplant u sd need to retain moisture using hay/straw,cud not find it so i approached a nearby fruit seller he gave me dry Pine leaves from apple carten.I have seen farmers in hills(North India)using this in their fields.will this be helpfull?

Also in the above post u have mentioned NPK 19:19:19 for spinach.my medium is cocopeat so guess its not required.I have kept the tray(they r about 1inch) in direct sunlight,is this OK?  advise needed.

 

ShwetaSmile

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Hi Shweta,

Why do you think you do not need fertilizer for the pepper seedlings? The cocopeat as such does not have any nutrients in them!

 

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Hi Srikanth,

In one of the post above GG said if medium is compost cocopeat then fertilizer is not required.

GG plz revert on this.

 

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Shweta,

 

Srikanth is right.

I said you need to water the seedlings with fertlizer when your medium is cocopeat and compost as compost itself has nutrients in it. This does not mean that you shouldn't use fertilizer at all. The compost in the mix will not last for long when plants like spinach are growing(lots of seedlings and lots of demand for nitrogen).

 

If you are growing in cocopeat (just cocopeat and nothing else), the seedlings will remain seedlings and be stunted if you don't fertilize with nutrients. if you have some compost  in it, it will grow to some extent and then based on the compost it will continue to grow or stall at some point until there is more compost/fertilizer added.

 

Hope this is clear..

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Hi GG,

Thanx again for explaining.I have NPK 20:20:20 will this be ok for spinach nd other plants like okra,eggplant and red bell pepper and how much shud i spray.the seedling r just 3-4 days old.

 

ur speedy reply needed

Shweta

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yes. You can goahead and use it on the veggies you have mentioned. Use 1g/litre and slowly increase it to 3g. It is ok to use weaker solution.

 

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