Thin seedlings for ro­bust plants

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

Hardy an­nu­als sown di­rectly into bor­ders should have ger­mi­nated into ro­bust seedlings now and will prob­a­bly need thin­ning out.

Check their seed pack­ets for the cor­rect dis­tances be­tween each plant.

We need to thin out seedlings to give the re­main­ing plants enough room to grow as they should.

Plants crammed too close to­gether com­pete for light, air, wa­ter and nu­tri­ents, which may stunt their health and growth.

Close-grow­ing also makes them more sus­cep­ti­ble to pests and dis­eases and less able to sur­vive them.

Seedlings grow bet­ter if they have enough space

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