Use a scissors to thin out crowded seedlings.
Nobody likes to thin seedlings. It’s fussy work, and always hard to decide which ones to save and which to toss. Here’s and easier way: When the first true leaves appear, snip off the extra seedlings at the soil line. You’ll be left with only as many seedlings as you need.
- Don’t seed to thickly. Two to three seeds per pot is sufficient.
- Some gardeners carefully separate the seedlings and replant the extras in other pots. Thrifty, yes, but it’s easy to damage the tiny plants. If you decide to transplant any of the seedlings, loosen them carefully from the soil, using a table knife. When handling the seedlings, grasp them by their leaves or roots; avoid holding the stems, which can be damaged easily.
- If you’re thinning a crop of lettuce seedlings, you can actually add the tiny thinnings to your next salad.
Plant Your Seeds
Watch for Seeds to Sprout
Snip — Don’t Rip! — at the Soil Line
Feed Your Seedlings