separating seedlings

A chopstick tip to help separate seedlings

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A couple of years ago, when I was volunteering in the annuals greenhouse at the Royal Botanical Garden, I got to do all sorts of different tasks. At one point during the winter, my job involved taking flats filled with delicate little seedlings and separating them into their own pots. Guess what my most valuable tool was? A chopstick. One of the volunteers taught me a chopstick tip to gently separate seedlings that are growing too closely together.

This may seem so elementary, but for me it was super helpful at home. I’ve always used tweezers to pull out seedlings and then discarded them. But you don’t have to let all those extra seedlings go to waste. You can transplant them all into their own pots, which is what we did in the greenhouse as we prepped for a plant sale.

This is especially helpful for tiny flower seeds that are hard to see. You can just scatter them in one pot and then worry about separating out the strongest of the bunch later. Sometimes I’ll put one in a pot, but for tinier plants, I’ll separate out maybe two or three wee little plants.

Here’s my super duper chopstick tip

That’s it! Stupid easy, but a trick I found to be incredibly useful.

This quick trick to help separate delicate seedlings involves using a chopstick to gently loosen individual seedlings and put them in their own pot.