Prick­ing out

Matamata Chronicle - - Spring Has Sprung -

Shortly af­ter ger­mi­na­tion two ju­ve­nile leaves called cotyle­dons ap­pear. These are the plant’s food source dur­ing ger­mi­na­tion and will even­tu­ally shrivel up and dis­ap­pear. Wait un­til the seedling pro­duces two true leaves, which look very dif­fer­ent to the rounded cotyle­dons, be­fore putting into an­other con­tainer or straight into the gar­den.

Us­ing a pen­cil, gen­tly dig be­neath the seedling and lift it care­fully by the leaves. Tease the seedlings apart. Make a hole in the soil big enough for the seedling, place seedling in hole

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