Transplant Performance

Some warm season crops need to be transplanted for maximum harvest, while others can grow to maturity and produce well from either direct seeding or transplanting; other factors such as earliness and quality of harvest, cost, and equipment availability then determine if a crop is to be transplanted or seeded directly.

Optimal transplant size and seedling age, influencing costs, space, and ease of handling, need to be determined for transplanted vegetable crops.

This page contains a collection of articles detailing some of the Vegetable Program’s past and current research on vegetable transplant performance.

Impact of Transplant Age and Cell Size on Cabbage Performance
In 2003 and 2004, the effects of seedling age and cell size on transplant performance in cabbage were evaluated.

Influence of Transplant Age on Performance of Muskmelon
Trials in 2004 evaluated the effect of seedling age on transplant performance was evaluated.

ABA Analogs Improve Drought Stress Tolerance of Transplants
Drought and transplanting shock are common causes of loss during establishment of horticultural crops. Application of abscisic acid (ABA) to young seedlings or transplants can temporarily increase their tolerance to drought stress and cold. This research program tested several ABA analogs for use in preventing drought stress in vegetable transplants.