Small juvenile plants which have just germinated.

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How healthy are seedlings sent by mail?

I've never bought seedlings out of seed catalogs, but am sometimes tempted to (especially by the flashy free $20, no obligation seed catalogs). I'm just wondering what the considerations are when ...
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Are these tiny tomato seedlings going to be too crowded?

My first effort at growing tomatoes was last year when I was given plants ~20cm tall and it went well. This year I'm having another go, but starting from seed. On the grounds that I have no seed ...
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How do I care for potted apple seedlings over the winter?

On a whim, this spring, I planted several apple seeds in a large pot just to see if they would grow. Two seedlings have come up and are very healthy looking, despite being munched by deer, and the ...
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How do you water tiny seedlings?

I just germinated some mini sinningia from seed and the seedlings are very small. When I water the soil, the soil mixture just floats on the water because some of them are perlite. The perlite and ...
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Is there a fast-growing, inexpensive privacy plant that can be started in winter?

I live in a flatshare, in a room on the ground floor (first floor for North Americans). To prevent people from looking into our rooms all the time (there's a parking lot in front), we have outdoor ...
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Should I separate and transplant basil seedlings?

I have begun to grow basil for the first time. Basically all I did was open a packet of seeds and throw them into a flower pot that’s about 20cm wide/round. The seeds have germinated and have started ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

I know that tomatoes should be transplanted deeper than they were in the previous pot. When I'm potting up broccoli and cabbage, are they the same way? Can I bury part of the stem when I go from a ...
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Do peat pots slow down the development of seedlings?

To prevent root disturbance when planting out, I usually sow my sweet corn in peat pots which I then put in the propagator. As soon as the seed germinates, I grow the seedlings on for two to three ...
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What's the best way to thin delicate seedlings?

When thinning seedlings (salads, beetroots, spinach etc) I will normally pull out the entire plant (root included) of the discarded seedlings. Like it's a weed. Where my seedlings are densely packed ...
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Is condensation on my seed tray an issue?

I'm growing some seedlings in a tray that has a plastic lid. The sun causes moisture to condense on the lid. I was wondering: is this counter-productive, as the condensation then blocks the sun?
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transplanting seedlings, why? why not put straight in ground?

I just started gardening, and I'm getting really into it. I live in an apartment and I've been planting seeds in containers and putting them on my balcony. I read the instructions on the seed packet ...
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Is it normal for Pak Choi (Bok Choy) seedlings to come up so varied in colour and leaf shape?

It's my first time with Pak Choi (Bok Choy) and so I don't know what seedlings normally look like. But should they be this varied in shape and colour?
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Do homemade paper pots for seedlings really work well?

This question talks about making paper pots for seedlings, and links to what appears to be the standard pot maker for sale at various online outlets. There are also some entirely home made solutions ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

It's been 2 weeks since I transplanted my chilli seedlings: Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing? They don't seem to have gotten over their transplant shock yet. Googling seems to mostly ...
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Is this a tiny Bloodgood maple sapling? How should I care for it?

While mowing the lawn yesterday, my husband stumbled across this tiny plant. It's barely two inches tall. Some people down the street have a beautiful large tree that looks like a Bloodgood maple, and ...
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Why is my apple seedling shriveling up after like 15 min, every time I remove the plastic dome?

Around 7-9 weeks ago (maybe more) I planted a sprouted apple seed in a cup of potting soil that I placed on top of a low heat pad, and covered it with a plastic bag. I also have a full spectrum ...
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
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Why are my basil seedlings failing to thrive?

I have grown basil from seeds in a large pot. They have germinated but are now failing to thrive. They are now about 3 weeks old. They get the afternoon sun and are watered daily. I applied Seasol ...
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When transplanting asparagus seedlings should part of the stem be buried?

I know it is a good idea to bury part of the stem of tomatoes when transplanting as they will sprout new roots along the stem. I am wondering if something similar applies to asparagus. My asparagus ...
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Cold weather protection - fleece, mesh, polythene?

This MyTinyPlot.co.uk blog post photo showing some enviably healthy looking autumn lettuces under protection got me down the garden centre today looking at protection options for my autumn/winter veg. ...
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Cherry sapling has wilted leaves, dried trunk; is it dying?

I've posted earlier about my diseased cherry seedling. Since then, all the leaves have wilted and curled to some amount and the trunk of the seedling itself looks like a dried stick. Is this ...
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Is total darkness acceptable for tomatoes to recover from transplant shock?

After re-potting tomato seedlings from plugs to larger pots (that they'll live in for about a month before they go out in the garden) it is recommended to let the plants recover from transplanting by ...
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Why have my lemon seedlings stopped growing and turned yellow?

I planted some lemon pips in November last year, and they grew to about 4cm tall, and it seems as if they aren't growing anymore. They have been the same size since December, and they have now turned ...
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Can I overwinter runner bean seedlings for cropping the next season?

Clearing up my vegetable plot this autumn I have found several young runner beans have self seeded and have put up new plants currently 10-15cm high. I've not seen this before but we have had a very ...
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What to do with Autumn sown peas now they're showing?

I've made Autumn sowings of peas for the first time this year. I planted the seeds in small pots in the (unheated) greenhouse like I'd normally do for spring sowings. It was a bit speculative as I ...
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Transplanting into seedling starter?

I have four apple tree seedlings that are in one pot and they're getting too big to get enough light for each of them. I have some pots that I bought to transplant them, but I bought some of this. ...
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Why are my eggplant seedlings not thriving?

I have started a bunch of seedlings and some are doing really well others are not, under similar conditions. I used 6-8 inch wide pots, ~6 inches tall, potting soil, and left the pots in front of a ...
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How do I remove oak seedlings which sprouted in my garden?

I have an oak tree at the bottom of my garden and it has produced small trees due to fallen acorns in the grass. I need to remove them. How do I do that?
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Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing?

6 days ago, I repotted some chilli seedlings after they started showing their 3rd pair of leaves. They were the biggest seedlings at the time. Since then they seemed to have stopped growing. These are ...
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Have I planted my tomato seedlings too close together?

I have been following this walk-through on growing tomatoes from seeds: http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/grow-tomato.htm I have planted my seeds in the rectangular container. But I believe I ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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When to Plant Avocado

My avocado tree is about 4" tall now with big bright green leaves. It is still suspended in water. I've read that I should wait for my seedling to reach 6" in height, cut the leaves off, wait for them ...
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Why do chilli and cilantro seedlings look the same?

I have one week old cilantro and chilli seedlings growing in adjacent pots. They look the same. Are they supposed to look the same?
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How do I harden tomato plant seedlings?

In http://gardening.stackexchange.com/a/421/138, the answer mentions "Remember to harden off any indoor plants for a few days before transferring them outdoors." I assume this is something you would ...
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Is a skylight enough light for tomato seedlings?

I have a 2' x 4' domed skylight on a pitched roof, facing southeast. If I build a shelf so the seedlings sit a foot under this dome, will it be enough light to prevent leggy plants?
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Does moss sprout leaves?

I had some moss in one of my seedlings pot and I asked what I should do with it here in GSE. I was assured it was mostly harmless so I left it be. However, a couple of days ago, it has sprouted ...
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Is throwing grass seed without dirt enough?

I have seen some people throw seed without using dirt. Is it less or more efficient ? Here is this video here that shows what I am talking about
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How should I care for a potted apple seedling?

About two weeks ago, a friend of mine ate an apple and found that the seeds had already sprouted inside the apple. I thought this was pretty cool, so I put them in a cup to grow. They grew into ...
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Best way to avoid seedlings from bending and dying

I love starting plants from seeds. I love the fact that from something tiny comes out something so amazing. I find, though, that I have a very bad survival rate with my seedlings. I would say 90% of ...
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How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
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Can I treat supermarket “living lettuce” as lettuce seedlings?

I have a tray of tired looking supermarket "living lettuce". You're supposed to keep it on your windowsill and use it up over a week or two. Can I treat the living lettuce as a tray of seedlings and ...
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When to pot on courgette seedling?

I think I made a mistake: I put (~15) seeds of courgette into a big bowl in seed-compost (low-nutrition). Now one week later they are starting to sprout and I realize that this was maybe not the best ...
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Why do my bonsai seedlings die after a month?

I got two bonsai kits and have tried growing from seeds. Both times my sprouts grew to about two inches and then flopped over and died. I watered them daily, kept them in a plastic bag most of the ...
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How to establish a chili variety

One of my chili seedlings has very narrow leaves. The picture below shows it in front of a normal seedling. Question: If I wanted to propagate the plant because of this particular feature - what ...
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What's wrong with my mango plant?

about a two month ago, I planted my first mango plant. It was growing nicely and it looked gorgeous. Then week ago purple-red-brownish spots started to appear on the leaves (coincidence or not, only ...
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What are these black spots on white splotches appearing on my tomato seedling?

Here are pictures of the infected leaves. I cut them off the plant as soon as I saw them today. Click for full size Here are close-ups of the most infected leaf: Click for full size What can ...
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Should I kill off one of the plants from a polyembryonic citrus seed to let the other grow?

I am growing some indoor citrus trees from seeds and found the seeds to mostly all sprout two plants. They are all about 1.5 inches tall right now and for each pair of plants one is clearly larger and ...
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Do these sunflower seedlings need to be thinned?

I have two questions regarding the sunflower seedlings in the picture below. I think my sunflowers are too close together. How much should I thin them and based on their height, does now seem like a ...
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Does a cloche need to have sides?

This picture shows a home made cloche I knocked up in 5 minutes with a spare bit of plastic and the remains of a pallet (a "proper" cloche is behind it in the background). As you can see my cloche ...
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Should we help seedlings recover from a bent shape?

Young seedlings are susceptible to bending caused by external force such as heavy wind or flood. The seedlings just lie on the soil and cannot lift up by itself. Should we help them? I have been ...