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Hello,
I have nemesia annual seedings growing in my greenhouse. I'm not familiar with them as it's my first time growing. When pricking them out, do I plant them on in little bunches or single. I have 3 inch pots and cell trays

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On 10/03/18 21:59, kerrygirl wrote:
Hello,
I have nemesia annual seedings growing in my greenhouse. I'm not
familiar with them as it's my first time growing. When pricking them
out, do I plant them on in little bunches or single. I have 3 inch pots
and cell trays


The answer depends on what you want to do with them, how \much space you
have, whether or not they suffer from root disturbance when moved, and
possibly other questions, which apply to just about everything grown
from seed and "moved on". With nemesia, I doubt they will worry about
being moved, so that's one non-problem solved.

If you want small bunches planted out in several places, then go for
several seedlings in a pot, which can - more or less - be planted
directly in the soil. Or you could split them up a bit when you plant
them out. If you want "specimen" plants (although I'd wonder why anyone
would want that with nemesia), you could grow them singly in pots and
plant that out.

And it depends on how much space you have. A couple of hundred seedlings
crammed half a dozen or so at a time in a 3" pot will take up a lot less
space than one or two in the same pot.

With things like nemesia, it's often simplest to follow what the
professional growers do and sow the seeds in small cells, which are then
much easier to move on. There is no root disturbance, and it's much
quicker than pricking out.

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On 11/03/2018 08:33, Chris Hogg wrote:
On Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:59:36 +0000, kerrygirl
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[snip good advice]

When pricking out seedlings, it's not necessary to use them all. Be


Although provided I have space I grow them all on and take the spares
off to sell at the spring garden plants meet in a neighbouring village.
Basically you take whatever you have along and can buy from others.

That way you get some unusual varieties of things in ones and twos.

prepared to discard quite a few (even though it goes against the
grain!) and use only what you need. Don't forget to handle the
seedlings by their leaves, not their stems, otherwise you may damage
the stems and the seedling will die.


Ideally by one of the seed leaves at least for those with seed leaves
big enough to grab. Never hold them by the stem is the key to success.

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On 10/03/2018 21:59, kerrygirl wrote:

Hello,
I have nemesia annual seedings growing in my greenhouse. I'm not
familiar with them as it's my first time growing. When pricking them
out, do I plant them on in little bunches or single. I have 3 inch pots
and cell trays




I would prick them out in clumps or around 3.
As for handling seedlings, always grip a leaf not the stem. As I was
taught you wouldn't hold a baby by the throat.


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