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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 6, 2015 4:08 AM CST
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These are my plumi seedlings. The smallest are only about one and a half week old. The biggest ones are olmost up for a repotting. What size of pot in cm should I use for them?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 6, 2015 4:54 AM CST

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I would wait for at least four true leaves, and then step them up into 6" pots.
Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 6, 2015 5:08 AM CST
Yes I will wait for the second pair of leaves, but what is 6" in cm . I have no idea as we do not use inches here. They are doing so nicely now. I would not like to harm them.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 6, 2015 5:53 AM CST

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this may come in handy:
http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/inches-to-centimete...
Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 6, 2015 6:15 AM CST
Thanks @Dutchlady1. 6" is 15 cm. I think will will go buy some pots this week. So I have them when they are ready to repot.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 6, 2015 11:27 PM CST
I have to convert a lot so I just use 1 inch = 2.5 CM (not exact, but close enuff) and easy to remember.

As an Engineer wish the heck we had changed back in the 1970s when it was seriously discussed. Except for gal -->liter. I do NOT want to think of how expensive gasoline is in liters. Nor how fast the the meter spins on the gas pump in liters.
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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 7, 2015 1:47 AM CST
I can imagine that. I am just glad we work with cm and liters here in Holland.
I agree
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Name: Lucky
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luckyzl230
Dec 7, 2015 7:42 AM CST
I wish everything was the same across the board.
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drdawg
Dec 7, 2015 8:12 AM CST
Here's a thought. Let the rest of the world use inches and gallons. Whistling
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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 7, 2015 8:44 AM CST
It sure would be nice if everything was the Same all over. There is a good thought @drdawg
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Name: David Laderoute
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Dec 7, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Adeniumgirl said:Thumb of 2015-12-06/Adeniumgirl/50291b

These are my plumi seedlings. The smallest are only about one and a half week old. The biggest ones are olmost up for a repotting. What size of pot in cm should I use for them?


Just looked at that again. Are you providing extra light? Those plants in the left most container are getting quite leggy.
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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 7, 2015 9:51 AM CST
No extra light.. I already had the feeling they where getting a bit to tall. Should they need some light than? So that they will grow a bit more compact.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 7, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Well - it is too late to make them compact Big Grin - the ones that are quite leggy. One thing to help prevent legginess to a degree is to add a fan blowing over the seeds. Running a fan provides many other benefits as well, but studies have shown that it helps to make stems stronger and that helps prevent legginess.

If you can somehow add some light, do so.

Also, rotate your seed tray every few days.
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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 7, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Perhaps it is also better to remove the lid from the propagator so they get more fresh air. I guess being in a closed propagator is also making them leggy.
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DavidLMO
Dec 7, 2015 10:47 AM CST
When I use a plastic cover on my seedling trays, I remove it for a few hours daily and remove completely once I have solid germination. If I use one. But these days I seldom use a cover. Do you have a picture of your propagator?
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drdawg
Dec 7, 2015 10:54 AM CST
I don't cover any of my germinating seeds any longer either. I should throw those domes away. They just take up valuable space.

My fans run 24 hrs. in the greenhouses (one in each greenhouse). During the daylight hours, two fans run in each greenhouse and I have the same set-up in the solarium as well. I just installed a "dually" fan and I love it. I ordered a second one yesterday and that's what I will use in the solarium. They are quieter than the 20" box fan and having two fans per unit allows me to direct the air-movement in two directions. Neat fans.
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Name: Willeke
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Adeniumgirl
Dec 7, 2015 10:57 AM CST
At this moment I do not have a picture. It is one with bottom heat with a thermostate. The lid does have slides in it. Witch I already did open during the day. I did now take it of, and for the night I will put it back till the morning. Hope that is better. After all during the night the temp can droge now in winter.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 7, 2015 6:45 PM CST
I agree about more light and not covering them. It will also allow the soil to get drier and prevent mold.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 7, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Adeniumgirl said:I can imagine that. I am just glad we work with cm and liters here in Holland.
I agree


Holland has many redeeming values. Big Grin A beautiful country with wonderful people and fantastic bulbs. Had the please to work/visit/honeymoon in Amsterdam.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 7, 2015 9:24 PM CST
Adeniumgirl said:Perhaps it is also better to remove the lid from the propagator so they get more fresh air. I guess being in a closed propagator is also making them leggy.


The primary causes of legginess are both light related. Not enough or seedlings reaching for the light.

I use older technology fluorescent lights that put out virtually no heat. I lower them so that they are sitting only a few centimeters above the plants. As the plants grow, I raise the chains still keeping them very close.
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