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Starting those specs of Dust

Crowded Seedlings

In starting seeds for the new year, for the tinny ones such as foxgloves and oriental poppies which are like specks of dust the challenge is getting a single seed or two seeds per potting tray cell. This is for someone with younger eyes and much more patience than me.

What typically occurs is mass of seedlings in each of the cells that will require thinning. This can be accomplished by cutting the extras off at the soil and leaving a single strong seedling in each cell but there is another option that I prefer.

When I find that there are too many seedlings in the cells of the flat of six packs, I seeded such as these oriental poppies.

I will transplant these instead of just cutting out the extras. For these numbers seen in e