How to Prick Out Seedlings

Seedlings in trays become overcrowded quickly, leading to weak growth. To avoid this, “prick out” seedlings when they are large enough.

Thin Herb Seedlings Leaving Strongest to Grow

Thin Herb Seedlings Leaving Strongest to Grow

Water the top of the seed tray lightly as needed until the herb seeds germinate. Do a little thinning of the seedlings that are weaker, leaving one seedling in each cell of the tray.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water the top of the seed tray lightly as needed until the herb seeds germinate. Do a little thinning of the seedlings that are weaker, leaving one seedling in each cell of the tray.

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Materials Needed

  • dibber or pencil

Step 1: Separate Seedlings

Seedling Separation

Seedling Separation

Separate seedlings with a pencil or dibber. Remove each one by its leaves. Fill pots, modules, or trays with potting mix and make a hole for each seedling.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Separate the seedlings using a dibber or pencil, and remove each one by its leaves. Fill pots, modules, or trays with potting mix, and make a hole for each seedling.

Step 2: Transplant

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After pricking out seedlings, transplant into hole the same depth as before or slightly lower. Gently firm soil around the plant then water well.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Transplant a seedling into each hole, at the same depth as before or slightly lower. Firm around each one gently, then water well.  

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