The cilantro have grown a lot of true leaves but not so much the basil and oregano. I planted them all at the same time. I don’t know if im supposed to thin any of them out now and how exactly to thin them out.enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

Also i planted them exactly 3 weeks ago on march 12.

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When seedlings get true leaves they can be transplanted to larger containers. Your Cilantro is ready for transplanting. The other two (Basil and Oregano) still have to form true leaves (or in case of Oregano: can grow larger overall), you can wait until they have true leaves larger then the cotyledons.

Furthermore, your Cilantro and Basil looks leggy. This is caused by not sufficient light, best is to give them a few hours direct sunlight per day.

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    ... but don’t expose them to full sun without hardening them off or they’d get sunburned. Otherwise good post!
    – Stephie
    Apr 4, 2021 at 5:26
  • Thanks @Stephie, a few hours is hardening right?
    – benn
    Apr 4, 2021 at 8:08
  • I would start with dappled shade instead of full sun, speaking from experience >.< I have scorched seedlings before, sadly. And transplanted seedlings are especially vulnerable as long as their roots haven’t re-anchored and can’t supply the plant.
    – Stephie
    Apr 4, 2021 at 8:14
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    Yes they are vulnerable directly after transplanting, thank you for that addition! Another tip for transplanting the leggy Cilantro, put them a little bit deeper in the new pots.
    – benn
    Apr 4, 2021 at 11:17

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