Nobody likes to thin seedlings. It’s fussy work, and always hard to decide which ones to save and which to toss. Here’s and easier way: When the first true leaves appear, use a scissors to snip off the extra seedlings at the soil line. You’ll be left with only as many seedlings as you need.

Nobody likes to thin seedlings. It’s fussy work, and always hard to decide which ones to save and which to toss. Here’s and easier way: When the first true leaves appear, use a scissors to snip off the extra seedlings at the soil line. You’ll be left with only as many seedlings as you need.

More Tips

  • Don’t seed to thickly. Two to three seeds per pot is sufficient. For more information, read Grow Tomatoes From Seed.
  • Some gardeners carefully separate the seedlings and replant the extras in other pots. Thrifty, yes, but it’s easy to damage the tiny plants. If you decide to transplant any of the seedlings, loosen them carefully from the soil, using a table knife. When handling the seedlings, grasp them by their leaves or roots; avoid holding the stems, which can be damaged easily.
  • If you’re thinning a crop of lettuce seedlings, you can actually add the tiny thinnings to your next salad.