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Pull out or snip off?

Post  Bart on 7/9/2015, 2:28 pm

Hi Folks,

Planted some more beets a week back. I couldn't get just one seed in the hole. Now they are coming up. Two or there seedlings are vying for the same spot. Should I let them all grow or do I need to leave all but one to grow into maturity? And how to I remove them? Do I pull out the ones I don't want or simply snip them off with a scissor?

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Re: Pull out or snip off?

Post  boffer on 7/9/2015, 2:43 pm

Hi,

Definitely do some snipping with scissors cheers

The beet 'seed' is actually a pod containing several seeds, so even if you had managed 1 seed per spot, thinning is still usually necessary.

I'll wait till they're an inch or two high to snip off all but the healthiest looking seedling per spot.

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Post  point on 7/9/2015, 2:46 pm

I'd say snip the spares, once you are sure they're all viable. Mel's book says otherwise you mess up the root system.

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Post  sanderson on 7/9/2015, 3:35 pm

Mel states there are 3 tools for SFG: trowel, pencil and scissors. The scissors are great for snipping duplicate seedlings.

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Post  Bart on 7/9/2015, 4:19 pm

Thank you. Snipping it is!

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