Transplanting Herbs into your Modern Sprout self-watering planters
Our Garden Jars and Eco Planters are great for transplanting into and unlike terra cotta pots they wont wick water away from your plants and dry out your potting soil. Smaller and younger plants will transplant better than fully developed and mature plants. Read below for a list of herbs that transplant well and a few that don’t.
1. A few hours before transplanting water your plant thoroughly. This makes the soil easier to work with and reduces transplant shock.
2. When you’re ready to transplant carefully work your plant out of the existing container or the ground. Using your hands or a blunt object like a butter knife will avoid doing to muck damage to the roots. Take particular care not to pull on the plant’s stem.
3. Once the plant is removed you’ll want to work your fingers into and round the root mass to remove as much of the soil as possible. The goal here is to have a nice clean root system. A bowl of water can be helpful to soak the plant roots in while gently working the roots free of the soil. If needed error on the side of including some of the soil versus removing too much root mass.
4. Once you plant is clean you are going to prep your planter. Pull the wick loop up so it is about ½” below the top of the planter. Place a single layer of Grow Stones on the bottom of the net pot.
5. Pull the wicking loop to one side of the net pot and place your plant in the middle. The top (crown) of the plant roots should be roughly ½” below the top of the net pot. Position the planter’s wick so it encircles the plants root ball.
6. Once the wick is in place gently pull down on the bottom ends of the wicking loop hugging the root ball slightly.
7. Fill the extra area in the net pot with Grow Stones or another wicking growing medium. Lightly tap the side of the net pot so the growing medium settles in and around the roots. Certain plants like mint can have a very aggressive and thick root system. In order to fit your plant in the net pot you may have to cut away some of the roots. This can cause some of the plant to die off but the roots and foliage will regrow.
8. Before adding the net pot to the planter run it under room temp water to remove any loose soil that could end up in the planter reservoir. It may be necessary to clean out your jar after the next few waterings as more soil works itself free of the roots.
9. Place the net pot on top of the jar.
10. Pour 2 cups of a nutrient and water solution into the top of the planter.
Best plants for transplanting – basil varieties (if the stem isn’t woody), parsley, spearmint, catnip, lemon balm, lemon verbena, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, peppermint
Difficult to transplant herbs – due to fragile or long tap roots - Cilantro, Dill, Anise, Fennel