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Plant A Plug Into Larger Pots

Plant a plug is a wonderful way to watch specimens develop. Learning how to take these small plants and transplant them into a different or larger pot. This is a great project that can be done at home with the entire family, or it can be done as an indoor classroom activity.

Herbee and I wanted to share with you some very simple steps involved in transplanting seedlings into their second stage of development. This project, with a little creativity, can also make a wonderful present for a birthday, Valentine's, Mother's or Father's day, or any special occasion. Germination is the first step, and then you would plant a plug into other pots.


Dry Potting Soil

Dry Potting Soil

Wet Soil

Wet Soil

Watering Can

Watering Can

One of the aspects Herbee and I like about doing this activity is you can use inexpensive materials. The tray you see is the bottom of a tray used for seed germination. Above is a picture of dry potting soil, and wet soil. Have the children or family members pour the light weight potting soil into the tray.

Add warm water, and them have the children or persons mix the soil with their hands. A light weight potting soil is exactly what it says, very light to touch and has a soft texture. Always use warm water in the plug phase as it will help the root system mature. At the bottom of this page is a link to a page about growing herbs from seeds.


Herb Plant Plugs

Plugs Or Small Herb Plants

New Plug Container

New Plug Container

Basil Plant Plug

Basil Plant Plug

Above are seven small herb plants. As an alternative, think about germinating some annual or perennial flowers instead of herbs. The entire process to plant a plug is done the same way.

A clay pot will work well as will any other type of container. Always make sure there is a hole at the bottom of the pot. If there isn't a hole, the roots could rot in the container. You can also use a larger pot. I used this size container as we did a garden presentation on herb container gardens.

This example is a small Basil plant. These seeds have been germinating for a little over a month, and as you can tell, have developed into a healthy small plug.


Herb Plant Plugs

Plug On Side Basil Plug On Side Dirt In New Pot Basil In New Pot

Take the container and turn the plant plug on its side. This makes it easy to get the small roots out without damaging them. Use your fingers and gently remove the entire plant out of the container. Be careful as the roots are still tiny. It is normal for some of the dirt to fall off from around the root system.

As you can see, the dirt does look loose, but we can tell the small roots are ready to continue to grow. A good way to tell if your roots are ready, is if you begin to see them coming out of the bottom of the plug container. This is also a sign if you are buying plants, that the plant may have been in the container too long.

Fill the warm moist soil almost up to the top of the pot. Take your fingers and scoop some dirt out of the center. You will know how much dirt to take out as your plug is already out of the old pot and laying on its side. Put the basil in its new pot. Don't pack the soil tight against the plant. That's how you plant a plug!

Seven New Planted Herbs

Here are the seven herb plants planted in their new containers. They were put on a seven tier candle holder and are a great decoration for an inside window, a classroom counter, patio, porch, deck or balcony. Get creative and find other items or furniture on which to place your herbs. Consider doing a plant per student or family member.

Herbee was unable to shoot this video below. He asked me to fill in for him. You can watch this free video below on how to plant a plug. It's a great way for you to get started. Remember, you can germinate and grow plants year around.

The herbs above are some basic culinary herbs. This activity is a great way to give any age group the opportunity to do a hands on learning project, as well as gaining knowledge of plant specimens.


Transplant A Plug Video



Other Articles You Might Be Interested In.

Before Plant A Plug, Start Herbs From Seed --- Evergreen Plants

Herb Garden Plans --- Garden Learning Center



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