Seeds forum: Is it safe to transplant some of these seedlings??

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Chicago, IL (Zone 6a)
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Lilmisslorax
Mar 20, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Hi everyone,
I'm starting seeds for the first time this year and I'm wondering if it's time to transplant some of my seedlings. I have a 72 cell germination kit with several different types of plants in it. Some have germinated and are so tall they are touching the lid, and some haven't germinated yet. Should I just remove the lid until they get bigger or will that be bad for the ones that haven't germinated yet? Or should I transplant the taller ones into a larger container (I have 3" peat pots to transplant to) Or is it still too early to transplant them? I have photos attached. Thanks in advance for your help!!


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Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Mar 20, 2018 2:10 PM CST
Welcome to the Forum!! You don't say if you have overhead lighting and or a heat pad underneath. Been in your position every year, LOL. I would let the seedlings go a little longer as is, covered, regardless of the tall ones, remembering that one should not transplant any seedlings until there are more leaves on the stem/stalk, than just the top leaves it opened with. Keep your eyes on the tall ones, but I think they will be fine. They will just bend over and "go with the flow" while the yet-to-emerge seeds, will truck on. Note: When you do transplant seedlings, they will need overhead lighting, or they will get very spindly. Cheers!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 21, 2018 7:17 AM CST
I take the cover off when I see sprouts. But that is my way of doing plant starts.

Welcome !
Chicago, IL (Zone 6a)
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Lilmisslorax
Mar 21, 2018 1:17 PM CST
I do have an overhead LED light on them and they are on a heat mat. I decided to take the lid off yesterday after scouring the internet more. They seem to be doing ok so far!! There was a very small amount of white mold in some of the cells so I thought some more air would be helpful. Hoping they are ok!
Thanks for the advice!
Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
Mar 21, 2018 1:23 PM CST
It's best if your lights are fairly close to the plants (a few inches above). They can be raised as the plants grow.
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Mar 22, 2018 8:16 AM CST
The white mold isn't bad. It will go away now that you have the lids off. You can use a little spritzer with water to keep the cells moist. Some of those tall seedlings should be transplanted soon and I would bury them up to just below the cotyledons or the first leaves since the stems are reaching. If not at least prop up the tray to be a couple of inches from the light as Janine mentioned.
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