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HELP Overcrowded Seedlings

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:44 pm
by jimidrix5
Hello,

I have never had a garden before, and am probably making a lot of mistakes. I have some seedlings in a tray but i think I put way too many in each cell of the tray. The vegetables are beets and lettuce and there are probably a dozen little lettuce stems in each cell and 7 or 8 beet stems in a 2 inch cell. The seeds were planted less than a week ago. What should I do to prevent them from becoming too spindly and dying off? Can I transplant some? Thanks, M

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:37 pm
by hendi_alex
You can snip any unwanted plants off near the ground or you can carefully transplant some of them. Plants are usually fairly delicate to transplant prior to getting their first true leaves, but with care they should transplant o.k. Keep in mind where their eventual home will be, after all you probably don't need 50 or 100 lettuce plants.

With lettuce seeds, the gardener just needs to be careful not to place too many seeds to close together. I wouldn't plant more than 3-4 seeds per cell in a tray. Beets are a little different. They are like Swiss Chard, in that each seed is really a seed cluster and not a single seed. So don't plant more than one seed every few inches or per cell, then be prepared to thin the plants, either by snipping or lifting and transplanting them.

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:57 am
by Northernfox
I just did mine today.

Before
[img]https://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii603/Northernfox14/fb598e4b.jpg[/img]

After
[img]https://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii603/Northernfox14/f22e040d.jpg[/img]

it was tough to do but I figure the experts on here know a thing or two so I follow their advice!

I used the pots last year and failed completely likely not due to that however this year I chose to use the pucks and they seem to be working well!

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:46 pm
by !potatoes!
i tend to let lettuce get its first pair of true leaves, and just separate them out when transplanting. if they're bigger, they may not like it as much. doesn't seem like it sets 'em back much, if at all. there are always some that don't make the cut at at that time, of course.

peat pucks

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:48 pm
by healthnut
Northernfox wrote:I just did mine today.

Before
[img]https://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii603/Northernfox14/fb598e4b.jpg[/img]

After
[img]https://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii603/Northernfox14/f22e040d.jpg[/img]

it was tough to do but I figure the experts on here know a thing or two so I follow their advice!

I used the pots last year and failed completely likely not due to that however this year I chose to use the pucks and they seem to be working well!
The peat pucks work great but one warning is be carful not to over water because they will rot in the pete. Then you will want to plant them in larger pots so the roots can expand or they will be chocked off.You can take the whole plant with the peat intacked and plant right in the new soil.