Potting Up Sweet Peas and Echinacea

After seeing the wispy roots on the chervil and parsley, I decided to transplant the echinacea and sweet peas to see if getting them out of their newspaper pots will improve their growth. The sweet peas in particular and turning pale. The echinacea growth has just stalled.

I know you’re not supposed to disturb the roots on sweet peas, so I tried to gingerly peel off the newspaper.

The roots had actually grown into the newspaper, sooo….so much for not disrupting the roots. I also noticed that although the top half and bottom quarter of the potting soil was wet, there was also a patch of completely dry potting soil in the middle. I wonder if this may be a consequence of the newspaper…does it wick water preferentially away from the potting soil? Interesting.

But I persevered and here the sweet peas are potted in a fresh new pot with some twigs to act as a trellis, should they ever grow tall enough to require a trellis.

Next up, the echinacea:

This was more straightforward – no dry patches of potting soil.

I gave both pots a good drink of water to hydrate them well, and then next morning I fed them with some half-strength fertilizer. I’m also moving them outside to get actual sunshine instead of just a grow light (but don’t worry, I’m placing them so as not to get too much direct sunlight until they’re better acclimated.)

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