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Tray method vs standard pot. I would never have thought of this on my own because its just nuts but earlier this year I had tomatoes grow way too long in a tray that was only meant for germination. And they ended up quite healthy. So I decided to try it with pumpkins. Indeed, one of the plants that was in the tray is now the best plant. (Its the one on the right in the previous photo. The potted pumpkins are the one on the left.)

Anyhow... the tray and the pot both contain the exact same quantity of starting mix (I made sure of this for the sake of the experiment) and, surprisingly, the plant was able to grow in the tray even though it's only 1/2 inch or so deep. The advantage is the roots form a thin mat so when it gets transplanted out the roots are all at the optimal depth for oxygen & temperature. Overwatering is pretty much impossible, and this makes fertilizing easier.
Like I said it looks stupid. But the results confirm it and starting in a tray makes sense.
Standard pots look stupid to me now... How strange.

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