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Vegetable Garden Transplants

Transplants can give your vegetable garden a head start. You can start your own transplants from seed, or purchase small plants from a garden center.

Plants in four- or five-inch pots can be more expensive than those in six-packs, but the larger pots are better at holding in water and nutrients and providing space for roots to grow.

Look for healthy plants with a deep green color. Dry soil could mean a stressed plant, and disease could be indicated by brown, yellow, or wrinkly leaves. Check the stems and undersides of leaves for pests and signs of pest damage.

Purchase varieties that'll thrive in your area. Florida-friendly traits may include drought tolerance and resistance to nematodes and certain diseases. Plant your transplants soon after purchase for best results.

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