Impact of Cabbage Transplant Age and Cell Size on Cabbage Performance (2004) - 3 pages
When arranging to purchase cabbage transplants, the optimum age of the seedlings at delivery and the amount of media or space each seedling is given in the greenhouse need to be determined. These factors influence both the cost of the seedling and the seedlings’ subsequent performance in the field. The longer the plants are held in the greenhouse and the greater amount of space given each plant, the larger the resulting seedling at transplanting time. The cost per seedling also increases with the time and growing space provided. Although putting the largest seedlings possible into the field might appear advantageous in terms of getting the crop off to a quick start, larger seedlings are also more prone to transplanting shock. In the 2003 and 2004 growing seasons, this study looked at the effect of age of transplants and the greenhouse space provided each seedling on the subsequent field performance of cabbage transplants.