What should I do- 2 seedlings in 1 pot

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Leah IL, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Leah IL

    Leah IL momto6

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    On my seed packet instructions it said to plant 2 seeds in each pot. Well all of the seeds I planted sprouted, so I have 2 tomato seedlings in each of my small peat pots. Same with peppers. I'm afraid if I remove one I will damage the roots of the other one. Should I just leave them or should I try to get one of them out?

    Again, thanks.
     
  2. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    You can leave them, if you've got the space for them to grow. If you don't, or you don't want that many plants, don't pull the extra, cut it off. You won't disturb the roots on the remaining plant that way.
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  3. momofmany

    momofmany Dayenu farms

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    I let mine grow and then when it is time to get them in bigger pots I seperate them and repot.
     
  4. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    I separate the two...and then plant them both. I hate loosing a plant...I even make room for the scrawny ones :)
     
  5. GrannySue

    GrannySue Active Member

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    WHile I don't use peat pots, I do often double seed my trays and six-packs. My trays are cast offs from a dear friend at an nursery, and seed 288 plants each.

    I usually double the seed, then transplant into six-packs, and then into 3" or 4" pots before the weather is such that I can harden them off and get them in the garden. Its a lot of work, but I never go hungry and always have extras to sell!!

    Splitting the roots will not hurt tomatoes or peppers, nor will it affect most herbs. If you can cut through the webbing on the pot, simply pull it gently in half, using a finger to stabilize the roots as you split them. So long as both plants have a couple 'good' white roots attached, they should both be fine.

    If its any consolation - if you DO lose a plant or two, it will generally be a weakling anyway, and you still have most of the other doubles, and so, near twice as many as you would have had otherwise!!!

    Take the lower set of leaves off of peppers and tomatoes, and plant so that those spots where leaves were removed are at/or under the soil - they will sprout new roots along their stems.

    I would not leave two plants growing together so closely (in the peat pots), as they will compete with each other and neither will produce the way they should.

    Sue
     
  6. twind59

    twind59 Well-Known Member

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    Sue,
    Thanks for sharing about separating plants. I had wondered if I needed to be so cautious while separating mine.
    Barry
    Indianapolis