N.C. Cooperative Extension - Onslow County Center
Your seeds have germinated… now what? 🤔
Once your seeds have germinated, the next step is to thin your seedlings.
To do this you need to decide which seedling looks the healthiest, this is the one you will keep and plant.
As shown in the photos below, the seedling I chose to keep is the taller of the two.
Once you decide on the seedling you want to keep, gently pull the other seedling out of the pot. This allows the seedling you are keeping to grow tall and healthy without having to compete with the other seedling for water, soil, and sunlight.
Once the first set of true leaves emerge, we recommend watering your seedling with a diluted liquid fertilizer (ex. Miracle Gro) every other time you water until ready for planting.
The seedling is ready for planting when it has 1-3 true leaves and is a couple of inches tall. If your seedlings look “leggy” (have thin stems) that means they need to be moved to a location with more sunlight.
Check back in a couple days for a tutorial on how to plant your seedlings in your garden! In the meantime, don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #GrowOnslow when posting about your Start a Garden Kit!