Potting Up Past the First True Leaves

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)September 4, 2011

My 3 week old seedlings are a bit leggy due to the heat. They are on their second and third set of true leaves depending on the plant.

I have potted them up to the cotyledons and a couple even past those. I am going to pot up once more before transplanting them to their permanent homes. Can I bury them past their first true leaves at that time? Do I snip off the true leaves if I bury them that deep?

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I snip off cotyledons and leaves. I don't know if it's necessary, but I worry about rot. Yet I also worry that maybe I should remove the leaves a day or two before burying that area, lest bad microorganisms enter the fresh wounds.

If you have a really leggy seedling, you can bend the stem. I remember curling stems like corkscrews when potting-up to 16 oz. plastic cups.

It's supposed to make a stronger root system....

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 11:48PM
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I think I will try snipping the first true leaves a day or two before I pot up. Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 6:56AM
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