More than half of my 30 strawberry plants died from transplanting woes than from Singapore tropical weather.
This is an experience earned the hardest way! And the reason why this blog is set up, to share our knowledge.
Very young seedlings’ individual fabric pots – Save Space 2 !
Summer and Shona showed how to move 2 weeks old seedling to bigger pot 🙂
Transplant individual mature seedlings to breathable pots, set of 5 !
Young Seedlings ( 1 – 3 months old) – Mind the roots !
Moisten the soil to loosen roots before separating plants. In a tightly packed container, some of the roots may have tangled together. Use water to gently separate them.
Young strawberry seedling have long tapered roots.
This is the same process if pests (such as mealy bugs, ants etc) invaded soil. We need to clean old soil from roots zone before transplanting to pots with new soil. Wash roots zone with water. If infestation is bad, we may have to soak roots in Epsom salt solution before transplanting and threw out old soil. Do not use such soil for composting.
How to transplant 4th months and older strawberry plants – Mind the CROWN!!!!
Matured plants including flowering and fruiting plants.
The crown’s healthy color is red. It usually developed around the third month, from a single part to multiple. This is where flowering start, so we have to be mindful of not causing stress to the crown during the transplanting process.
Do not tug or pull the crown when removing mature strawberry plants from pot.
To remove the plant from the older pot, its okay to cut some of the roots if they are stuck to the pot. But do not jarred the crown. This is the CPU of the matured strawberry plants!
How to remove remove strawberry plants from plastic bottles ? 🙂
If the roots are stuck to the container or are too tangled up with other plant’s roots, its okay to cut it loose.
What do Transplant Stressed (Shocked) strawberry plants looked like? 🙂
No matter how careful we were with the roots and crown, sometimes the plants will still be stressed during the transplant process. They looked like this in their new pot :
Don’t be discouraged! Give it sun and water as normal , wait patiently. There is no need to add fertilizer.
TIPS on transplanting strawberry plants – Best to move plants to permanent pot by third month when the crown is not developed yet.
Young seedlings – Mind the roots when transplanting. Loosen roots before repotting in new pot.
Matured Plant – Mind the crown. Roots can be cut to separate plant from pot.