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Pinch ‘Em Off!

Submitted by on February 7, 2012 – 7:34 am 9 Comments
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I can’t believe I almost forgot to do this!!

My broccoli seedlings are looking great, but I noticed that they were beginning to fall over. And then I remembered I’d almost forgotten a crucial step in growing seedlings…

Once the true leaves have begun to grow, pinch off the first set of leaves so the plant’s energy is focused on true growth!

See the heart shaped leaves at either side of the larger, center leaf? Those are the first leaves. And they gotta go.

It’s easy. All you do is use your fingernail to cut the first leaves from the stem. Or you can use scissors, if you want. Just don’t yank or tear them off, as this might uproot your tender seedlings.

And here they are all pinched off! Yes, they look bare now, but don’t worry, your plants will thank you for helping to lighten the load.

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