A Pencil Makes a Great Seedling Tool: Agree! Pencil is very useful!

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A Pencil Makes a Great Seedling Tool

By Sashagirl
March 29, 2013

Use a common lead pencil to make the first transplant of seedling from seedling tray to next size up. Fill your six-pack (or similar) cells with starter mix, then use the pencil to make the planting hole. Use the pencil tip to gently lift and separate the seedling from its seed tray. Then use the pencil tip to gently tuck the root down into the starter mix. Last, apply gentle compression to the soil-less mix around the stem and roots.

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Name: Gigi
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Mar 30, 2013 8:25 AM CST
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I agree For some reason I can always find pencils around my house. So I use it to temporarily stake my plumeria seedlings and even my cactus and or succulents. Once the plant is upright, I just pull it out for another duty Smiling .
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Name: Evan
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Great tip. Whenever I'm trying to plant Sempervivum babies a pencil does the trick.
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
May 19, 2014 11:39 AM CST
I have yet another "pencil use" in the garden. At home I have no shortage of twigs and branches but at my Mom's place there are no trees. It so happens we have a large box of Pencils that my Dad's VFW post used as promo items and I've found them quite handy for marking rows of zinnias and bulbs planted. The stainless steel portion provides excellent visibility and they're very re-useable.

First season planting here the next door neighbor inquired about my pencil patches, LOL. Big Grin

I actually do prefer them to my twigs and bamboo just because of the visibility. I've had no issues with decay or rust so I'll probably "stick" with it.

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