The Q&A Archives: Sowing Vegetable Seeds

Question: When planting vegtable seeds should seeds be planted/sowed in small bunches or one at a time? The packets of seeds that I have contain numerous seeds and it seems as if more than one seed per desired plant would be appropriate. Please clarify.

Answer: It is usually a good idea to sow more than one seed per desired plant to insure against germination problems, insect and disease attack, etc. Some plants like squash, cucumbers and melons are more commonly planted in groups of seeds (which are later thinned to the desired number of plants) since the final plants will be separated by some distance. Others, like radishes, lettuce and onions are commonly sown in rows of seed and then thinned to the desired spacing.

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