What vegetables don’t like to be transplanted?

Answered by Robert Flynn

There are several vegetables that don’t particularly like to be transplanted, as the process can be quite stressful for them. One such group of vegetables is root crops, including carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes. These crops have delicate roots that can easily be damaged during transplanting. The process of uprooting them from their original location and replanting them can disturb their delicate root systems, causing stunted growth or even death of the plant.

Another group of vegetables that don’t appreciate being transplanted are corn, cucurbits (such as squash, cucumbers, and melons), and beans/peas. While these vegetables can technically be transplanted, they tend to prefer direct sowing in the soil where they will ultimately grow. Transplanting them can cause root disturbance and shock, which may lead to slower growth and lower yields.

In my personal experience, I have found that corn, in particular, does not transplant well. The delicate roots of young corn seedlings can easily be damaged during the transplanting process, leading to poor establishment and reduced overall vigor. It is generally recommended to sow corn directly into the garden bed to avoid these issues.

Similarly, cucurbits like squash, cucumbers, and melons tend to have sensitive root systems that can be easily damaged during transplanting. I have had instances where transplanting cucumber seedlings resulted in stunted growth and reduced fruit production compared to direct-sown plants.

Beans and peas, particularly those with long taproots, also don’t thrive when transplanted. The act of uprooting and replanting can disturb their root systems, leading to slower establishment and potentially lower yields. It’s best to sow these crops directly in the garden to ensure healthy growth.

To summarize, root crops, corn, cucurbits, and beans/peas are not well-suited to transplantation due to the potential damage it can cause to their delicate root systems. While it is possible to transplant these vegetables with care, it is generally recommended to directly sow them in the soil where they will ultimately grow to ensure optimal growth and productivity.