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’, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Because the Bacopa Abunda is vigorous growing, and spreads horizontally…we choose to put them in 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.
These little guys look happy. LOTB has an easy window box idea.
– Matti Far Out Flora