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Dear Gardeners, i am from India and started to garden a few months back. Recently i sowed Lablab (bush variety) in pure coco peat medium and it has sprouted and has shown 2 set of true leaves (pretty fast) so far. I heard that Lablab doesnt transplant well and i am confused on how to transplant. 1. If the transplant as a whole (remove the plant) from the tray and just place it in the Pot the roots will still be in coco peat which doesnt have nutrients and till the roots grow and use the potting medium i might have to supply liquid nutirents. Else if i remove the plant and the adjoining coco peat too it increases the risk of transplant shock and ultimetely death of the plant. Any thoughts here? I am dreaded to do transplant and any tips for transplanting successfuly ?

Also i heard dipping the seedling roots in starting solution (rich in Phosporous) will help plants survive while transplant. Any thoughts?
 

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Nataraj,
Great question! Try a rooting hormone usualy made up of hormones kelp extracts and or vitamins this will ensure a higher rooting success rate. As for transplanting you want to put the stem of the plant where the base of it meets the soil between your middle and index finger and flip upside down so that the top of the soil rests in the palm of your hand bush hanging to the floor. Then with your free hand squeeze the pot gently all the way around this will keep ur roots and medium together then pull the pot up and off turn the bush over and place in new medium. I myself never use anything but peat and perlite for rooting clones and starting seeds because its natural and has a high success rate. After the plant is successfull placed into a new medium water well with distilled or purified water and get a spray bottle to mixe a pinch of seaweed with the water in the container and spray every other day for a week then once a week after that. Seaweed is an amazing anti shock agent for plants to boost cellular strength and immune supprt in the plant. Hope this helps and looking forward to answering any other questions in the future!
Joshua Dunn- Natural Life Specialist , Organics Farmer
www.mushroomcomposttampa.com
 
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