SOS help needed, vegatable garden using seed and grow trays

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by FERT-TEK, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not sure where to post this so it seemed to fit here

    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.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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. :)
     
  3. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  4. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    and use scissors, are you using a light?
     
  5. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    one plant per cell
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
     
  7. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    got it, thanks guys

    FYI, no grow light just a plastic dome over it near a window.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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. :)
     
  9. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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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?
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    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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