Q&A: Looking for GARDENING HELP! I started seeds for vegetable and herb plants indoor this year.?

Question by Pluto: Looking for GARDENING HELP! I started seeds for vegetable and herb plants indoor this year.?
Now I need to know how large the indoor plants need to be before transplanting them to a large outdoor pot. I have cayenne pepper plants and heirloom tomato plants.

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Answer by Bradley W
about 5 to 6 inches tall or taller!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Two true leaves (not just the seed leaves, the cotyledons). However, moving small plants to great big pots can be somewhat problematic. You’d probably be better off moving them to pots where the roots can fill at least 1/3 of the pot, then when the roots fill the pot, move to a larger pot.

    It’s easy to overwater a big pot with little plants in it, and then the soil gets sour. When the plant roots hit the sour, acidic soil, they often die. Hence, shifting plants up through several sizes of pots is safer.

  2. It really does not matter to the plant, the only thing that the plant is concerned with is having enough light, water, nutrients and room to grow.

    The only difference in planting a inch plant or a foot plant in a pot, is that YOU may feel it is silly or looks ‘weird’.

    However, for your tomato plants be sure to stake them so that they do not fall over. Tomato leaves are sensitive to being touched by soil and will begin to destroy that leave. Also when the tomato fruit begins to grow and it touches soil it will begin to do what it is supposed to do and become ‘rotted’ in order to release the seed to replant itself.