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How to Thin Out Seedlings

Last Updated: May 26, 2020 References

This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.

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Seedlings must be thinned out to grow into healthy and strong adults. Although it can feel wrong to remove healthy plants, this prevents fungal and growth problems later on. Creating enough space between the plants lets each seedling get all of the sunlight, water, and nutrients it needs. Wait until the seedlings are 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) tall and choose a mild day to start thinning them out. Properly spaced plants will help your garden be fruitful and thriving!

How to Thin Out Seedlings. Seedlings must be thinned out to grow into healthy and strong adults. Although it can feel wrong to remove healthy plants, this prevents fungal and growth problems later on. Creating enough space between the…