What Does Transplanting Mean?
Transplanting is the process of moving a fully germinated seedling (or mature plant) and replanting it in a permanent location for the growing season.
Transplanting is an important part of agribusiness
in northern climates because it extends the flowering or fruit bearing season of many plants.
A plant that has been recently transplanted is sometimes referred to as a transplant.
Maximum Yield Explains Transplanting
Seeding plants directly in the ground requires
specific temperatures and conditions to properly germinate and grow.
In some climates those conditions don’t occur until late in the spring, so
transplanting is a viable option.
While the temperature outside is still cold,
vegetable plants such as tomatoes that require warmer temperatures to
germinate can be seeded in cellular packs, trays, or individual pots in a greenhouse.
A warm greenhouse
provides the optimum conditions for germination and development of the young
seedlings. After a month or so the outside temperature warms enough so that all danger
of frost has passed and the seedlings can be transplanted outside. This extends the northern growing season
Flowers such as annuals are also grown in
greenhouses as transplants, and nurseries routinely pot or ball and burlap trees
and shrubs for later transplanting.