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Old 03-11-2009, 08:24 PM
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SOS help needed, vegatable garden using seed and grow trays

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Hello, recently my wife started a tomato garden project with my 4 y/o daughter using Burpee seeds and growing trays. My problem is that she planted too many seeds in each receptacle 5-8 in each. Can anyone advise me on how to proceed? Should I pick out all but one or two per receptacle and throw them out, or transplant the extra plants to empty receptacles or finally let them grow as they are? The last option would be Darwinism at its best, only the strong survive.

Probably a simple answer but vegetable gardens aren't my thing.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:47 PM
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If you pull the seedlings from the soil you will disturb the roots of the remaining plants. Simply cut off the tops of the unwanted sprouts.
Keep the best looking sprout closest to the center.

Its not survival of the fittest, but survival of the luckiest. The ones on the edge will die.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:28 PM
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They have been growing for about 10-14 days and are about 2 inches long. How many should I leave per receptacle.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:28 PM
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and use scissors, are you using a light?
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:30 PM
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one plant per cell
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:45 PM
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When you set them out in the garden - dig a deep hole fill will composted material and bury them up to the neck.

Prolawn is correct. IMO.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:29 PM
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got it, thanks guys

FYI, no grow light just a plastic dome over it near a window.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:46 PM
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To cut back on legginess, have it cooler during the bright sun hours and warmer during the dark hours. Have fun.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:18 AM
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To cut back on legginess, have it cooler during the bright sun hours and warmer during the dark hours. Have fun.
Do you mean to place it in the garage, which is not heated but generally stays above freezing or remove from direct sunlight?
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:30 AM
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Do you mean to place it in the garage, which is not heated but generally stays above freezing or remove from direct sunlight?
The more direct sunlight the better. Photosynthesis in cooler weather makes for a stronger less leggy plant.
I have heard that a soil warmer under the flat help prevent leggy growth as well, but I have never found it necessary to get one.

Warm temperatures at night allows the plant to do other functions, not related to stemmy growth.

I put mine outside for direct sunlight in the daytime, definately cooler. And bring them back into the house at night.

Why do you have a plastic cover over them?
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