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I've got tons of oak/hazel/chestnut seedlings sprouted over a bed of blended truffle spores. How many leaves should they have before repotting? If they're sprouting now, there's no way to move them outside before final frost is there?
 
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Not sure I'll have helpful advice but I'll ask you to clarify - are these seed nuts from 2019 that sprouted in 2020? They're in a bed indoors with access to sunlight? Is the bed moveable to outside without digging the plants up?
 
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Nick Neufeld wrote:Not sure I'll have helpful advice but I'll ask you to clarify - are these seed nuts from 2019 that sprouted in 2020? They're in a bed indoors with access to sunlight? Is the bed moveable to outside without digging the plants up?[/quote

2020 seeds sprouted in a grocery bag. No true leaves yet. In a giant clear tupperware container currently with sunlight. Over 200 sprouted seeds.

I need to know when to repot and when to plant outdoors.

 
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Thanks for clarifying. How long and cold are your winters?
In my super cold climate, I wouldn't have much faith that the seedlings would grow strong enough, quickly enough to be ready for winter. I could very well be wrong about the resilience of seedlings in my context, which is probably very different from your context.
 
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Nick Neufeld wrote:Thanks for clarifying. How long and cold are your winters?
In my super cold climate, I wouldn't have much faith that the seedlings would grow strong enough, quickly enough to be ready for winter. I could very well be wrong about the resilience of seedlings in my context, which is probably very different from your context.



7b North AL. Haven't had a sub 20F day for the past 3 years I believe.
 
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Adam, that sounds brilliant. If you are able to keep them indoors for the winter I would recommend that, not so much due to cold as protection from pests. Squirrels or rodents will dig up and snack on those newly sprouted nuts unless you have a very good protection system lined up for them. Safer to grow them on for a while in pots.
 
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Any idea For pot size needed by 4 mo old but seedlings?
 
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I was able to carry oak seedlings throigh their first winter indoors in cut off 2 litre plastic coke bottles with drainage holes poked in bottom. They took half the soil and space of a gallon pot but were similar in height - taller than the half gallon pots I had on hand. I assume similar would work for other nuts but can't say for certain because I made the mistake of growing those outdoors and critters dug up and destroyed every one of them.
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