So my first seedlings, my Sugarloaf Cabbage, while still only producing their first true leaves, need to be thinned out. As you can see in the main picture, they germinated quite well, which has resulted in crowded cells in the seedling tray. My basil is headed the same way.
Thinning out is always something I have dreaded. The title is not a typo. it hurts me to destroy perfectly good plants. My head tells me it’s the best thing for the future crop, but my heart still doesn’t like it.
I prefer the ‘chop off’ method of thinning, as at least I know I’m not potentially damaging the remaining plants. you can see my thinnings in the second picture, and the end result in the last picture.
Quite a few of the cells still have 2 seedlings, and a couple have 3. Do you think that is OK, or should I thin them all to 1 plant per cell? Certainly until they’ve grown a little more I dont think reducing them any further is wise, but what do you reckon. How much would you and do you thin, and when?
Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group)