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Please Help New Gardner

Posted by Jamin724 Rhode Island (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 13:31

Hello this is my first year growing and I am concerned about my herbs. I have planted all different basil's on the left and thyme and oregano on the right. From left to right it goes cinnamon basil> lemon basil (the most grown)> sweet basil> Thai basil> thyme> oregano The basil is my concern now. All these plants are about 2 weeks old and are planted in 1x1 inch seed starter tray. When I started I thought I had evenly spread the seeds but as you can see they are not. Should I thin these seedlings now though they do not have any true leaves on them? Also are they getting leggy? I have brushed them gently with my hand and they feel firm they do not bend and all spring back into place. I have read online to wait 3-4 weeks before transplanting or when they have true leaves. Also I have seen videos/pics of other basil plants who have thicker stems then mine. I live in Rhode Island and what I have been doing is taking them out in the day and then bringing them in at night. I do not use any heating mat or grow lamps. I put the plastic dome on right before I go to bed so in the AM they do get some morning sun and the dome helps with that. Then around 9-10 I put them in the front yard with full sun until about 4-5pm. If anyone can please help I will greatly appreciate it thank you!

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RE: Please Help New Gardner

You'll want to do some reading. See the google search link.


Here is a link that might be useful: Google Search - Pricking Out Seedlings

RE: Please Help New Gardner

I usually thin mine down to two or three per cell, then wait until they've grown a bit and select the healthiest.

RE: Please Help New Gardner

They are too little to transplant. You need to wait until they have their first set of true leaves. The rest of what you are doing sounds good. I would definitely get rid of most of the extra seedlings,down to 2 or 3 a pot. I find it hard to kill the extras, but you will need to do that unless it is parsley. Then you can let them all grow.

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