Transplant Bedding Plants Quickly

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Transplant Bedding Plants Quickly - river birch and hornbeamWe know almost nothing about what plants know. We do know they engage in chemical and other types of warfare. We know they send out chemical messengers to warn their like kind of danger.


More commonly known is how plants form symbiotic relationships with other plants and with animals. A good example is a flower that opens only at night. More specifically, at just the time when its pollinator, the bat, is known to fly in the vicinity of the plant.

It is apparent, plants are aware of their surroundings. In the picture, I have highlighted the trunks and top left of a small river birch. This birch is well aware of the presence of a large hornbeam tree to its right. Its trunks and top branches indicate its trying to keep its distance from the hornbeam.

Why is this happening? A courtesy, because the hornbeam is older and was there first? Maybe the hornbeam sends out 'stay away from me' chemical messengers to the birch. There is so much we don't yet know.

With plants having awareness of their surroundings, they know when they are in close quarters. Bedding plants in 6 cell packs are well aware of their limited space. When their roots have filled all available space, they bring their growth to a halt. The plants go more or less into stasis.

This slow down is beneficial to the plant in short term, but it can harm future development. The plant is 'set back' and will never grow to its full potential as it would had its roots had ample room at all stages of its growth.

There are a few plants that do best when pot bound. Bedding plants are not in this group. They need space for proper root development. It is best to get those plants out of their small containers and into larger containers or in flower beds or garden as soon as possible. A day or two won't make much difference. A week or two will.

With a plant having concern for the welfare of its like kind and having a need to warn them of danger, is it too farfetched to think plants may also have enough intelligence to be appreciative of you transplanting them to more spacious living quarters? Me thinks it not farfetched, at all.


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May 11, 20172 found this helpful

Isn't a shame that school books have hardly ever been written in such a manner (like this article) so the reader/learner really enjoyed it and wanted to finish the subject? Too bad you are just writing this kind of information for such a small group but I appreciate reading your articles and yes, I believe my plants respond to my loving remarks. They may not answer me, but they show their smiling "faces" all the time.

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May 12, 20171 found this helpful

Thanks, Betty,

Well, I do try. Maybe some of my works are more readable than the old primers we had with stuff like: Sheridan and Tarquin are very close friends. Sheridan has four bananas. Tarquin has three apples. How many fruits are there all together.

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May 5, 20210 found this helpful


Do remember ThriftyFun is a family project.

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May 6, 20210 found this helpful

When I first saw the comment, I thought it was someone (maybe Betty) scolding you. No, it's just Doug scolding himself. :)

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May 9, 20210 found this helpful

Infinite intelligence is my belief that is the force which gives origin and order to everything in the universe.

All living matter evolves for the better and it's present circumstances.


We are all connected, humans, animals and plants and communicate with our care taking.
Case in point. I was able to purchase 3 small trees @ for $5. They were supposed to be blooming Arizona trees. This offer is given by our electric company to plant trees for oxygen. All winter long, I watered and fed the bare branches and talked to my trees to please blossom in the spring. It is May now and all three, little trees are in wonderful bloom. Now comes the decision to plant them in larger containers to allow more rooting. I live in an apartment with a patio and am limited.

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