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Old 05-21-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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I planted some 1980's-era cantaloupe seeds atop an old gopher mound just to see if they would sprout.
Darned if I didn't get almost 100% germination. Any advice on how to transplant these, and how large should the plants get before doing so?
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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You need them to have sufficient roots to survive being moved, that means at least 4 true leaves. That is, not counting the two first, oval shaped leaves. What your weather is like at the time will make a difference. Don't do it on a hot sunny day, wait until it's cloudy and cooler, or in the evening as the sun is going down.
They need to be about 18" apart, and do best when planted on a hill. Transplants do better from a pot where you don't have to disturb the roots much, planted all together loose you have to be careful to avoid breaking roots when you pull them up and get them back in the ground as quickly as possible. I would then water at least daily for about a week, depending on the weather. I would also suggest mixing some granular organic fertilizer into the soil where they are planted, preferably with the 2nd number higher (Phosphorus) for root development.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:19 PM
 
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I just transplanted 4 lemon cuke plants that only had one set of true leaves. I just dug a good hole in the new pot, and scooped out a big bunch of soil from around and under the cukes in the first pot, and transplanted the whole bunch of soil with the plants into the new hole. I soaked the soil in the new tub first, then carefully soaked them again after I got them planted. They looked a tad wilty the first day, but looked fine just one day after that.

They only get sun half the day, so don't know it that helped. I just went for it, because I knew I needed to thin the first pot, and if they didn't make it, it wouldn't have broken my heart. But, they're all doing just fine.
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