Quick Overview of How to Thin Lettuce Seedlings
How do I thin out my lettuce seedlings?
When should you thin out lettuce seedlings?
The best time to thin crowded seedlings is when you see at least two sets of leaves sprouting on your plants. On average, those plants are in the vicinity of two to three inches in height. This means they will be easy to grab and pull out of the soil. Pulling the plants is an alternative to cutting them.
How far apart should lettuce be thinned?
Space your rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin leaf lettuce seedlings to 4 inches apart. Romaine and butterhead lettuce seedlings require 6 to 8 inches between each plant. Removed seedlings can be transplanted or eaten as delicious, tender microgreens.
How do you thin seedlings without killing them?
Unfortunately, there's no way to properly thin seedlings without killing them. If you try to separate them, rather than pruning out the weakest ones, you risk killing them all. If you can't stomach the thought of killing them in this way, then make sure you properly space the seeds next time you plant them.
Can you plant lettuce close together?
Generally, you should space plants far enough apart so that they can grow to full size. However, many gardeners plant lettuce much closer together, preferring to harvest leaves continuously before they reach full size. The plants adapt to their spacing.
What to do with seedlings once they sprout?
Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the cover. When the seedlings are young, you may want to re-cover them for a few hours a day to keep them from drying out. Over many years of growing my own plants, one thing that really helped me out was using a turkey baster to water the young seedlings.
How do you produce strong plants pull out some crowded seedlings so that the remaining plants will have more room?
There are times when more seeds are sown than necessary. To produce strong plants, pull out some crowded seedlings so that the remaining plants will have more room. This is done by transferring seedlings from one seed box to another to provide more space for proper development.
Should I separate lettuce seedlings?
You should only have to thin your seedlings once, but if you have a lot of extra plants growing you can split it into two occasions. For example, if your plants need to be 12 inches apart, the first time you can thin every 6 inches. Then a week later you can thin them out again to all be 12 inches apart.
Can you fix leggy lettuce seedlings?
Leggy seedlings can sometimes be saved by gently brushing your fingers back and forth along the tops of the plants every day. This simple motion simulates an outdoor breeze and tricks the seedlings into thinking they need to grow thicker stems to hold up against windy conditions.
How do you separate lettuce?
After removing any damaged outside leaves, with a sharp knife cut out the stalk from underneath. Put the whole lettuce, upside down under a cold running tap and allow the water to get between the layers and separate them. Works every time.
Should basil seedlings be thinned?
To give basil enough room to grow, it requires 'thinning' 2 weeks after planting when the seedlings are about an inch tall. These seedlings can be eaten, or planted in another area of fresh soil.
How do you thin seedlings in gardeners world?
For thinning small seedlings, use small scissors and snip the seedling off at ground level. This works very well with seedlings like carrots and lettuces. After thinning your plants, give the remaining ones another drink of water.
How do you split seedlings?
1. Gently place the tip of the chopstick beside the seedlings and gently use it to pry one seedling loose at a time. 2. Use the chopstick to make a hole in a new pot filled with soilless mix and plunk the seedling in, patting the soil around it to hold in place.
What is pricking out of seedlings?
'Pricking out' your seedlings is a term that means transplanting them. The reason you have to do this is to help your plant move on from 'seed' stage to 'growing on' stage, where it will require a bigger pot or cell.
What happens if you plant too many seeds together?
Crowded plants not only discourage growth, they encourage pests and disease. Crowded seedlings shade each other from the sun. As they get larger, it only gets worse. Crowded root vegetables, including turnips, beets, and radishes, won't develop useable roots if they're crowded.
When should I pinch back seedlings?
Once seedlings are 3 or 4 inches tall with a good supply of true leaves, I pinch them back. You can use scissors or pruning shears, but thumb and forefinger work just fine. While your seedlings are growing indoors, toughen them up by man-handling them a bit.
How do you thin a plant?
Use garden snips or 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.
How do you pick leaf lettuce so it keeps growing?
How many lettuce seeds are in a hole?
Indoors, plant one per hole for fresh seeds, or 2-3 per hole if they're old. Plant the seeds - Sprinkle the seeds over the top of the garden soil or indoor trays, or plant them no more than 1/4" deep. Water the soil - Use the lowest setting on your garden hose outdoors, or water the indoor trays from the bottom.
Should you water seedlings every day?
Seedlings should be watered once a day or every other day, depending on how much sun and heat they get. Remember that seedling roots are fairly close to the surface and they're growing in a small amount of media, so they don't need a deep soak the way larger plants do.
When should I transplant my seedlings?
The ideal time for transplanting your seedlings is about 3 weeks after they sprout or when you have 1-2 sets of true leaves. It's better to get them in new containers before they start to show the signs of stress listed below.
How long can seedlings stay in trays?
Seedlings otherwise can become root-bound if not given adequate space for the roots. Typically, after sowing the seeds, the cell trays are used for around 3-4 weeks before transplanting occurs - whether it be to an outdoor plot or into a larger container.
What process is done 7 to 15 days before transplanting?
Start by watering the plants thoroughly. Then, 7 to 10 days before transplanting, set the seedlings outdoors in dappled shade that is protected from wind for a few hours each day, gradually increasing their exposure to full sun and windy conditions.
How do you expose seedlings to sunlight?
Initially place seedlings outdoors in a sheltered spot – protected from wind and direct sun. Each day following, expose plants to another 30-60 minutes of filtered sunlight. Work your way up to giving plants direct morning sun, followed last by noon-day sun.