Planting up your tomato, chilli and cucumber plug plants

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Once you receive your seedling plugs you will need to plant up as soon as possible. A little stress may occur during transit which is perfectly normal and will not affect how the seedling develops. Ensure you have your pots ready, a good quality growing medium and if possible use water which has been allowed to reach room temperature and preferably not straight from the tap!
A tip is to plant your tomato and cucumber plugs approximately half way up the growing stem. Doing so will help to promote further rooting up the stem and in turn give the seedling the best possible start, more roots will equal more fruits. This will also ensure your plugs have adequate support and will produce a thick tough stem ready for your final planting on.
I would always recommend you choose a 7cm or 9cm pot. 9cm would be prefered for tomatoes and cucumbers as their rooting is quite agressive when they take. 7cm would be recommended for chillis this is due to chilli plants having a smaller root ball and are a little slower getting their rootball established.
Always choose a good soil mix or the best you can source and if possible enrich with a little worm castings or when watering using seaweed extract as both will aid your plants rooting response and also reduce any transplant stress. Ensure the soil is firmed down around the stem because if the soil is too loose this will slow the rooting response as your roots will not be able to anchor down properly. It is very difficult to over firm the soil around your plants  especially when using a good quality soil mix.
Watering is best using water which has been stood for at least several hours or overnight and which is the same temperature as the room your planting up in and growing your plants on. Liken this to you getting straight under a cold shower! This again reduces stress and if allowed to stand allows chlorine to evaporate which can damage the tiny hairs on the roots.
When watering your plants I would recommend watering your plants from the bottom either on a tray or saucer and allow the container to draw water up till the surface soil is moist, then remove the excess water. Or a self watering type system could be made by putting a layer of course perlite in the bottom of your pot and leaving them stood in a little water.
The reasoning for this is the container will not be over saturated and will allow a breathing process to take place within the growing medium and at root level. Roots need air as much as they need water, too much water or a medium which is water logged will become stagnant and will ultimately rot the roots. ***Watering from the bottom of your plants will also stop the suface soil being disturbed or becoming compacted and again help draw air into the soil once your plants take and start drawing water up.***  
Once your plants have taken and had a week or two in their new containers it may be time for their final transplanting. Once roots start growing throught the bottom of your pots check them periodically to see is they have a good root system. Once they have a good root system its time to plant on. Loosening the roots or gently squeezing them will slow transplant stress and aid the roots to grow outwards. When final planting your tomatoes plant a little further up the stem even up to the first set of leaves, although by this stage some scaring on the stems (all plants) will indicate where roots will grow from, again this will produce further rooting. Producing healthier, stronger plants and more roots which in turn will consume more nutrition from your soil and produce more fruits.  
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