Important to know: seedlings of which plants should never be pickled
Pickling is one of the procedures that help to strengthen seedlings and ensure a good harvest from the plant in the future. It means pinching off the main root, after which the root system begins to develop at the expense of lateral roots, becomes stronger and is able to consume more substances and water from the soil.
However, it is not necessary for the entire garden. Some plants can only be harmed by such care. OBOZ.UA tells you more about them.
What garden plants should not be pickled
Carrots are root vegetables, which means they are grown for their large and strong roots. If you pinch it off, there will be no harvest.
Radishes are the same as carrots. In addition, the root system of the plant, in addition to the fruit itself, has rather small, weak roots that can die after the procedure.
Spinach is a leafy vegetable that is very sensitive in the early stages of growth. Therefore, picking is contraindicated as it is too rough a procedure for delicate spinach.
Radish is a root vegetable. Therefore, the procedure of pinching the root will not benefit it.
Legumes develop on the roots of plants of this crop, which interact with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Any interference with the development of the root system of such plants will harm these nodules.
How to pickle correctly and safely
In any case, such a procedure is associated with a risk to the plant. It is carried out before planting the seedlings in a permanent place, and everything must be done correctly so as not to endanger the crop. To do this, several important conditions must be met.
The time for pickling comes when the first true leaves appear on the plant. This means that its root system is already strong enough to withstand such stress.
To perform the procedure correctly, carefully remove the seedlings from the container and make sure that they are not tangled with other stems. Only then can pinching be carried out.
The plant planted after the procedure should have enough space to form a significant number of lateral roots. It also needs to be well covered with soil so that it is fixed and takes root properly.
After the procedure, the plant needs regular and abundant watering. During the first days, it should be protected from direct sunlight.