Inland Empire CSA




The plug transplant advantage.

Following are some of the many reasons why gardeners and professional growers alike choose plug transplants for their growing needs:

  • Planting from plugs reduces the time a crop resides in the ground: Great for those with limited space.
  • Plugs can improve yields: A healthy, stocky plant will grow rapidly and symmetrically when planted out, with a potentially greater capacity to withstand pests, disease and drought.
  • Raising some types of seedlings successfully can be difficult, so plug plants are great for less experienced growers, for growers who want to try a new variety (or a range of varieties) without purchasing multiple packets of seeds, and for commercial growers that cannot afford crop failures and the potential negative impact they may have on their business.
  • Plug plants are very useful if the sowing window is missed.
  • Plugs can be purchased quickly to replace a crop which has failed.
  • As your crops develop, inter planting existing crops with plug plants (ideally companion plants), will improve the productivity of the space and so maximize harvests as a sown crop may not be able to compete with established plants.
  • Plug plants are much easier to weed than sown seedlings, and weeding will need to be done less frequently.
  • Having semi-grown plants makes designing a vegetable plot or container really easy, and the results are instant!
  • Another huge advantage with plugs is their speed of growth. Within days of planting signs of growth are visible: Leaves will perk up as roots anchor into the soil. Air pruned plugs are grown in a manner which means they begin very rapid growth the minute they hit new soil.
  • It is of note that many varieties actively benefit from being transplanted as severing the taproot encourages bushier root growth. Traditionally nearly all heading brassica are sown in a separate seed bed, thinned, and the best ones planted in a prepared bed after about 6–8 weeks. Many pests want to eat baby Brassica: This, in combination with its long growing season makes planting Brassica from plugs a much easier option.

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