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May 1, 2020 9:16 AM CST
Name: Derek Thornton
Greer, South Carolina (Zone 8a)
I am new to gardening. When I planted my Black eyed Susan's on April 4th could not help but notice how small the seeds were. Instead of putting 3 seeds per cell I found it much simpler to just wet my index finger and pick up what it would hold. So, i have about 20 seeds per cell. It looks like most of the seedlings are inter-twined. Should I wait till they are taller to thin them out or will they be ok to leave as is.

Thanks for any help,

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May 1, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I just did three types of Salvia and ran into the same issue. I waited with mine until I had a bunch of very nice seedlings.
I Knew I would lose some in the process but I waited. I ended up losing maybe only 10-20% because even the middle-sized guys did well on the transplant. Kind of " only the strongest survive!" I am afraid if you do a wholesale pot up with smaller seedlings you could be looking at closer to 50% mortality. Mine were wound together but I ended up putting 2-3 in a pot. I didn't force them apart!!
Good luck!!
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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May 1, 2020 9:56 AM CST
Name: Derek Thornton
Greer, South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Thank You Big Bill.
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May 1, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
You are very welcome!!
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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