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Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?

By Trish
February 11, 2015

Many gardeners are beginning to start their seeds as spring approaches. Each gardener has their own way of doing things, so let's find out which team you are on!

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Name: Bonnie
Chandler, AZ (Zone 9b)
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droughttolerant
Feb 10, 2015 6:14 PM CST
But it kills me to leave them be! Hilarious!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Feb 10, 2015 7:15 PM CST
I guess I just never thought about it. Rolling on the floor laughing Guess that puts me squarely in camp leave it be. Big Grin
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Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Feb 10, 2015 7:57 PM CST
After accidentally pulling a seedling out of the soil when trying to "pick it off", and watching the poor thing die after I so tenderly replanted it, I permanently switched to team "leave it be". lol
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Feb 10, 2015 8:28 PM CST
Leave it be. I have injured or killed seedlings trying to pick them off, but don't remember ever losing one by leaving them on.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 10, 2015 9:13 PM CST
I start so many seedlings, that I really do not have time to pick at any of them.
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 10, 2015 9:46 PM CST
I am on Team Leave It Be...the instructions on some seed packets (Jatropha multifidia for example) say not to pick the seedling cap off, wait until it comes off of its own accord. Maybe there are some seedlings that appreciate a little help, but i trust mother nature to do the right thing at the right time. She knows more than i do about these things.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Feb 11, 2015 2:53 AM CST
Leave it be Whistling
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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MikeD
Feb 11, 2015 3:28 AM CST
Leave it be . . . It knows what to do better than we do Smiling
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 11, 2015 7:45 AM CST
Me too.
Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Feb 11, 2015 9:36 AM CST
leave it be
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 11, 2015 9:41 AM CST
Although i leave them be, i must admit i do give them little love pats to welcome them to the world, very gently though.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Feb 11, 2015 9:58 AM CST
vitrsna said:Although i leave them be, i must admit i do give them little love pats to welcome them to the world, very gently though.


nodding Until last year I was afraid to mess with mine, but those love taps surely do make stronger and healthier plants! Thumbs up

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Name: Bonnie
Chandler, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Bee Lover Butterflies Hummingbirder Xeriscape Birds
Seed Starter Winter Sowing
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droughttolerant
Feb 18, 2015 8:11 AM CST
Well, now I have learned from Team Pick It Off more about 'how' to Pick It Off. I just can't bring myself to do it. I can't stand when I do something that hurts my 'babies'.

Kind of OT but I will try to connect it: This morning when I went outside it's more like I'm on Team Leave It Bee. They are heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere! The bees are here. Spring is here for my neck of the woods, the deserty woods that is. I would love it if I could be in every state when spring arrives. That would bee something to see! Hilarious!

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