Nothing is more frustrating than losing a plant. You spend all this time nurturing the seed, watching it grow, and planting it. Either some critter pulled at it, tried to eat it, or (*gasp*) you broke it trying to plant it. Sad to say, I break a lot of seedlings. Call me a garden klutz.
Just call me Dr. Anna
Over the years I have simply whimpered (okay swore like a sailor) when my plants have been broken. But as I always say the tough get resourceful, not even. Watch my video below as I show you how to fix a seedling.
1. Immediately put the stem in water. Be sure to remove any lower leaves especially if they will be in the water.
2. Place the plant in a sunny location. I use my kitchen window sill. You might want to use a saucer since my sill is starting to look all garden worn from using glasses to re-root plants. (No plant is wasted at my house!)
3. Once the plants starts to grow roots, re-plant in a small container. Often time the plants are seedlings so I put them in a soiless pod. If they are larger, you can replant them into a small pot using potting soil. (My favorite are Mechanic Potting Soil or Dr Earth’s Potting Soil.)
4. If you have growing lights, use them to get the plant to root in the pod. Honestly, I have never put a newly rooted plant out in the garden without first making sure it is accustom to sunlight or has rooted in a soil type mix. If you have, please comment.
5. In a week, the plant should root in the pot. It may take longer. Just be patient. (To check, lightly tug at the plant. If the plant feels snug in its pot, then it rooted.) I then start to expose it to sunlight a little at a time just like new seedlings.
6. Approximately, a week or two later I replant. So far so good. *Spoiler alert* I do shade the plant a little outside so it isn’t traumatized by the sun from my rushing to get it out in the garden again.
So far so good.
What have I replanted?
I have re-rooted basil, sunflower, and radishes so far.
However, some of my herbs aren’t rooting by using the water method. I am still trying to get scented geraniums to root. Some of the branches fell off when I planted.
I might have to resort to the rooting hormone method for these plants. (Some people use rooting hormone like Garden Safe and then stick into a potting soil mix. They cover the plant with a plastic bag to get it to re-root. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.)
How to Avoid Small Critter from Eating
Just in case you missed my older posts, be sure to read how to use trash in your garden to deter those that bite and pull your plants. My method will only deter slugs, birds, etc. It won’t help you will larger critters.
On the other hand, panty hose will deter squirrels, birds and rabbits too.
Join the Conversation:
Have you ever re-rooted broken plants? If so, how?