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Bacopa Plugs

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My propagation class is going strong this spring at SF City College.  This past Tuesday, we transplanted some seedlings, and plug trays to 6 packs and 4 inch pots.  Below are how to steps for transplanting Bacopa Abunda plugs into 4 inch pots.

Sutera cordata 'Bacopa Abunda'. Detail of the flower and foliage.

Sutera cordata 'Bacopa Abunda'. Detail of the flower and foliage.

Sutera cordata ‘Bacopa Abunda’, is an herbaceous ground cover that grows about 6 inches tall and 12-18 inches.  Since it blooms repeatedly, it looks great as a filler for containers and in the gardens.  Life on the Balcony has even trained it into a topiary.  Bacopa prefers Moderate and Regular watering, but can tolerate Infrequent But Through water here along the coast in the Bay Area.

Four flats of plugs that are getting too crowded. Time to transplant to larger containers.

Four flats of plugs that are getting too crowded. Time to transplant to larger containers.

Above you can see four flats of plugs trays which are getting crowded and due to get transplanted.  Each one of the plug trays contains 105 plants.  They may have been planted from seed, but likely they were propagated from herbaceous cuttings.

Mesh Flat, 4 inch container pots, 1 flat of Bacopa plugs, and soil.

Mesh Flat, 4 inch container pots, 1 flat of Bacopa plugs, and soil.

Leveling off the soil using a straight piece of wood.

Leveling off the soil using a straight piece of wood.

On the workbench, we put 16 four inch pots into a square mesh flat.  Filled it with dirt, then tapped the flat on the bench to help settle the soil.  Keep repeating until the soil is above the lip of all the 4 inch pots.  Next take a straight board and scrap off the excess soil.  You want all the soil in the 4 inch pots to be filled to the brim and leveled evenly.  BTW, using your hands to level the soil doesn’t work well because it tends to compacts the soil and can cause troubles down the road such as uneven watering.

Using little chopstick, moved soil away to make room to insert the Bacopa plant.

Using little chopstick, moved soil away to make room to insert the Bacopa plant.

Take a stick, something the size of a pencil, and move the soil away to make a hole, then insert one of the transplant plugs.  Try to pull the soil up with the stick to make the hole, e.g. do not try to push the soil down (compacting) to make room to insert the transplant.

One Bacopa plant (1 plug) per one 4 inch pot.

One Bacopa plant (1 plug) per one 4 inch pot.

Because the Bacopa Abunda is vigorous  growing, and spreads horizontally…we choose to put them in 4 inch pots.

105 plugs makes 6 1/2 flats of 4 inch pots.

105 plugs makes 6 1/2 flats of 4 inch pots.

One of these plug trays contains 105 Bacopa plants which filled six and a half mesh flats (above).  We moved all the transplants into the green house.  Gave them a good water, and we will let them grow for about 4-7 days before their next water.

Finished transplant project detail.

Finished transplant project detail.

These little guys look happy.  LOTB has an easy window box idea.

– Matti Far Out Flora

8 Comments

  1. Nice! Good to know about not using your hand to level soil. Thanks for the lesson.

  2. What does the school do with all those Bacopa (and coleus and lantana?) plants?!

  3. That’s cool. I don’t think any of the colleges around me sell ornamentals at their plant sales, only edibles.

    Hey, are the two of you planning on going to Sunset’s Celebration Weekend? I think Adriana (Anarchy in the Garden) and I, and possibly Jayme (aHa Modern Living & Nest in Style) are coming up. It would be fun to meet in person.

  4. There are two of us, Matti and Megan…and I think we are about 80% certain we are going to the Sunset Celebration. Definitely, we should meet up if we all go there. Matti

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