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Name: Paps
San Diego, California (Zone 10a)
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Paps_8
Jun 8, 2020 9:34 PM CST
Hey, I'm pretty new to planting stuff, not sure if this was asked already but I planted some seeds in a cardboard box, and now it's time for them to be moved into a larger pot, but how do I separate the seedlings and make sure they aren't damaged? For example I planted a couple pepper seeds into a box without any dividers. How do I make sure the roots aren't damaged when I separate them, and what do I do if the roots are tangled(?), can roots get tangled with other plants?

Sorry if I'm doing this whole gardening thing all wrong, I'm completely new to this, but hopefully you guys could spread some insight to me. Thanks Smiling
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sallyg
Jun 9, 2020 12:49 AM CST
I just gently pull them apart, either trying to ease the roots into separate loose balls, or by holding a leaf of each plant and gently pull them. Careful with the stem as it is easy to crush the tiny stem, but if one leaf breaks off that should not be fatal.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 9, 2020 1:54 PM CST
I just thin mine out with the scissors leaving the strongest and cutting the weak. That way the roots will not be damaged from pulling them apart.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 6:56 PM CST
I plant clumps. I do end up with more than one plant per pot or spot. My theory is I have back-ups if a couple in the clump die. The chances are you will lose all the plants on the edge of the clumps (depending upon how close the seedlings are), so design your clump with 2 or 3 plants in the middle (the chosen survivors Smiling ).
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Name: stone
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stone
Jun 10, 2020 10:27 AM CST
DaisyI said:I plant clumps. I do end up with more than one plant per pot or spot.


I plant clumps too...
After the plants get bigger (out in the garden), I'm usually able to go in with a shovel from the side and separate out some plants...

It's just easier to do after the plants have had a chance to toughen up a bit.

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