Can you transplant outdoors?

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Fraoch
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Can you transplant outdoors?
I just received a Grow Anything kit. Could I use this as a seed starter system and transplant outdoors? I guess I'd have to destroy the label and pull the roots up through the plastic frame of the seed pod. I'm thinking the plants might grow faster indoors though, based on the growth rate of what's currently in my AeroGarden.
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Great. Thanks!
Great. Thanks!
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Hi Fraoch,

Hi Fraoch,

I've transplanted from the AG to outside quite a number of times without any problem.  This was both when intended as a seed starter or when my large established plant got some bugs and I wanted it moved out of the house.  Each time I just kept it in its little plastic basket and it worked great.  I didn't damage the roots by removing the basket and the roots took to the soil.  Only once or twice did a plant go into shock (a shishito pepper plant) but it recovered just fine and produced well.  My established tomato plants I did that with suffered no shock at all.  They were as seamless as can be.  Same with some herbs that got a little buggy.  Or I wanted to start a new AG garden but didn't want to terminate the existing plants yet.  Go for it!

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Sure, Fraoch. Though I'd save

Sure, Fraoch. Though I'd save the Grow Anything kit for growing in the Aerogarden.

If you let the seedlings get too big, pulling the sponge out of a basket is pretty hard on the root system. And the seedlings need to be hardened before going outdoors. So in practice, when I've started seeds in the Aerogarden, I transplanted the seedlings into potting mix pots to grow for another couple weeks, then outside. Depends on the kind of plant.

One of my alternatives is to plant in a Park Starts block, place the block on the deck of a freshly replanted Aerogarden, and germinate the seeds in that. Most of the advantage of the Aerogarden for germination, easier to transplant out, and the Aerogarden can grow its own crop in parallel.

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