I did an extremely painful thing yesterday… I thinned my seedlings.
What’s the big deal, you ask? See this beautiful tomato plant I have growing? Notice there are three stalks growing out of one pot. Unfortunately, this pot is only big enough for one. Somebody has got to go.
When you plant seeds, you are supposed to pot 2-3 seeds in each hole, just in case one seed doesn’t germinate. But sometimes all of the seeds germinate, and you are left with a crowded pot.
Then comes a painful decision… who gets to stay? Once the seedlings have grown their second set of “true” leaves, it’s time to thin them out. I was SO tempted to uproot the smallest two and try my best to give them a second chance in their own little pots. But *supposedly* that is a big NO NO. You are supposed to cut the smallest two seedlings at the soil line. If you pull them up, you risk disrupting the roots of the one you want to keep, and then they all may die.
So, I did it. I apologized to the little ones who gave it their best, and I made their executions as quick as possible. Jada begged me, “No, mommy! Please don’t kill the tomato plants!” But I had to do it. I told her, it was better to have one healthy plant than three dead ones. Ah, the heartache that comes in life!
Actually, don’t tell anybody, but I did uproot two too-good-looking-to-kill seedlings, and gave them new homes. I had to at least try it! I put them outside in the cold frame, since I’m out of room under the grow lights. I checked on them today and they are pretty wilted. We’ll see if they survive.
Now my pots have one plant each. Boy, that hurt my feelings to do!
If you know of a way to save the extra little seedlings instead of snipping them off, please tell me!!