Keys to Successful Picking of Plants


In the post of  the garden in February we emphasize the action of the ringing since it is an action that we have to start doing around this time. Today we tell you the advantages and the need to do the peeling for the crops of your garden. Do not wait any longer than you have to get down to work.


When we consider having a garden, we have a first stake. Planting. If we did the sowing as natural norms govern, we would deposit the seed in the ground and wait for that seed to germinate and develop until we reach the fruit we want to achieve. Of course, from the point of view of efficient use, we all know that the chances of survival of our seeds in the natural environment is drastically reduced. For this, we carry out controlled plantings in the nursery, achieving:

  • controlled emergence (we can control aspects such as germination temperature, humidity, irrigation and light).
  • We ensure the proper germination of a high percentage of seeds.
  • We achieve that the growth (delicate in most cases) in the early stages of development, is completely free from adverse conditions. (Cold, frost, excessive rains, pests …)
  • We can sow products that naturally could not germinate in the garden too early.

Once we have germinated the seeds, we find ourselves in various situations that will force us to rattle that plant:

  • We need to stimulate root development for a better transplant.
  • Selection of the plants with the best development. There may be weaker specimens that have grown less. We can avoid those weak specimens at the time of the definitive transplant.
  • The alveoli in the seedbed tray are starting to get small. The plants begin to grow and the climate still does not allow transplantation . So what we do? Replicated, to provide more space and for the root to continue to develop until transplanting.
  • The plant spikes too much. The stem grows much in length with the possibility of bending. Then what do we do?. Replicated. In this case, what we will do is bury the plant a little more in the new substrate, so that part of the long stem is inserted into said substrate. We achieve that the aerial part is not so high and we will induce the formation of more roots in that buried part of the stem.

The picking is an intermediate step between germination and transplantation in the final place. What we do is simply transfer the germinated plant from the tray or seedbed to another tray with larger cells or to small pots. This operation must be carried out with great care. The plants are still very fragile and the roots can break very easily. If we break too much root, in the end it will be counterproductive. This is why patience and attention are needed to what is being done.


  • First, water the substrate where we have the plants so that the extraction is easier and we do not break roots.
  • Give light blows to the tray from below so that the root ball is released from the walls and we can remove it easily. If the tray is made of rubber, you can push from below a little so that the root ball comes out. Some people stick a small spatula or knife against the wall to hollow out the substrate. If you do this you can break part of the root because sometimes, the root can be very developed and wrap the root ball (see photo). You can do this when the plant is very small and we know that the root development has not been excessive.
  • Do not put too much pressure on the stem when pulling because it can crush and break it. It is more common than it seems.
  • Dig a hole in the new site and introduce the plant. Pay attention so that the root does not bend upwards. Close the hole to ensure root contact with the substrate. The new substrate must have adequate humidity at the time of picking.
  • When you finish the pecking, water the substrate a little without wetting the leaves.


  • The most obvious; We strengthen the root and foliar development of the plant until the moment of transplantation.
  • We make a selection of the best germinated plants.
  • In case of having too much height in the stems , we can reduce it and avoid the fall of it due to the weight of the plant.

We hope you do well with these tips!


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