I am currently on a long flight to Thailand. Either that or I am currently in Thailand and passed out from a bad case of jet lag. I haven’t worked out the math. Before leaving for the trip, I assessed my seedling situation and decided that plants that were busting out of their seed starting pots would need to be repotted into larger containers if they were going to have a shot at thriving during my time away.
It’s surprising how much plants can grow in two weeks time!
I also decided to do this in consideration of our house sitter who is significantly over-loaded with plants to care for while we are away as well as a fussy, prima donna cat that will probably hiss and swipe at him at least once before our return. Plants that have overgrown their containers tend to dry out quickly and he’s got enough on his plate between my ever-expanding collection of houseplants and the myriad of seedlings I’ve got on the go in anticipation of gardening season.
So with just a day before our departure in front of me, I set out to upsize a few plants to larger containers. Unfortunately, I did not have any containers left! But what I did have was a pile of yoghurt containers that I’d been saving for another planting project. Yoghurt containers are perfectly sized for larger transplants that can no longer fit into a 4″ pot. They provide ample root space for larger plants to grow into.
To prepare the plants for their new home, I simply:
- Washed them clean with hot water and soap.
- Drilled several holes into the bottom using a 1/4″ drill bit.
- Repotted using seed starting soil.
- Added a dash of vermicompost and dried sea kelp.
- Gave them a once over and a good soak.
p.s. The plant in the first photo is a tomato cousin called jaltomate. The plant is a lot like a tomatillo and the fruit is dark and is reported to taste like a cross between a tomato and a blueberry. This is my first time growing it. Should be interesting.