Smart and Frugal Thinning of Seedlings

By dave
July 28, 2015

In this video, Trish demonstrates how she manages her trays of seedlings. Rather than simply cut away excess seedlings in a tray, she divides the seedlings and pots them up into empty cells. This way she ends up with full trays of seedlings with very few wasted plants.

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Jul 28, 2015 6:58 AM CST
Name: Karen
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I do the same with seed trays full of seedlings. I think it's worth mentioning that I find the process much easier if the potting mix moisture is "just right". It can take a few "oops!" to learn "just right" moisture. If the potting mix is too dry, it's easy to tear the roots. If it's too wet, the soil falls apart completely.

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Jul 28, 2015 7:57 AM CST
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Name: Trish
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Good point, Karen!
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Jul 28, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Great tutorial video Trish! I've used an ice pick and wooden skewers for the same purpose but I really do like that nice wooden handle on your awl; I might have to try to find one of those!

Look forward to more Whitinger gardening videos, I would love to see a tour of your planting area! Are the large potted plants I see behind where you are working, Crepe Myrtles?
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Jul 28, 2015 8:53 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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There's a mix of plants behind Trish but yes, most of those are crepe myrtles. I have quite a few seedlings I'm growing out, trying to see what new and interesting crepe myrtles I can come up with. Smiling
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Jul 28, 2015 2:38 PM CST
Name: Vicki
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GREAT video Trish - I love visual learning Thumbs up
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Jul 28, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Name: Rita
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That was a very good Video and very helpful. Thumbs up

I was amazed at just how many trays of seedling there were.
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Jul 28, 2015 3:14 PM CST
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Thanks, Rita.

Our family holds a plant sale for our local community, and we're gearing up for the fall sale Thumbs up
Compared to spring, it looks pretty skimpy out there! Hilarious!
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Jul 28, 2015 3:14 PM CST
Name: Rita
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I would have never thought of doing this. I have doubles in my own seedling trays and I wait till they are big enough to put out in the garden and then pull them apart. It always sets them back. Now I have a much better method.
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