How to Prick Out Seedlings (Chillies)
This is a variety of chili called Longhorn that was set a couple of months ago now in February. So they’re ready for moving on into fresh compost.
They’ve got their true leaves now. So all I’m going to do is just knock them out of the pot. And the easiest way to do it is just to support the compost with your fingers, turn the pot upside down and just gently tip it out. And then you can see you’ve got roots forming in the bottom of the pot. So they’re ready to prick out into a larger pot, individual pot.
And the pots I’m going to use today are these recycled yogurt pots. All I’ve done is just cut the top off just to make it easy to stand up in the tray. And they are sort of the perfect size really. You can use it in a three inch pot. But just for these small plants we’re just going to use small yogurt pots just to recycle.
I’ve put some drainage holes in the bottom, so I’m going to use good peat free compost. And then all I’m going to do is just break the clump apart. They’ve had a watering early this morning, so it’s a couple of hours ago just so that the compost holds together, holds its shape. And as you can see, you’ve got roots coming out of the compost there and at the bottom.
So I’m just going to prize those two apart. Try and keep as much compost on there as we can. And again, I can see the roots there. So what we do is just set this at the same height, the same depth as it was in the original pot, gently firm in give it a label. So you know what, they are. I’m only labeling it because we’ve got different types of chilis. So want to know which is which basically.
Just making sure your plant is going to be at the same depth in the pot as it was in its original container. You don’t need to firm them into too much because you want the roots to move freely through the compost, but you need to get all the air out of the compost as well.