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11/04/2014 at 18:29

Its the first time i have sown in seed trays. How many seedlings to a cell? If more than two,do i need to thin out before planting into the ground.

 

11/04/2014 at 19:17

I would. 

11/04/2014 at 19:21

Two seeds to a cell, pick the strongest seedling take anymore out, leave one strong seedling to a cell, plant out when large enough.

11/04/2014 at 20:20

Best sown direct in the ground though but, no, plant out the cell/plug with two seedlings and thin out once growth is continuing.  Beetroot seedlings are notoriously brittle and easily damaged so thin out when planted out 

11/04/2014 at 21:57

I agree with Verdun

11/04/2014 at 22:15

As I've said several times before, each beetroot seed contains 3 or 4 potential seedlings, so best not to sow too many.

11/04/2014 at 22:19

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42112.jpg?width=274&height=350&mode=max

 Exactly David K. Here's mine at the moment... the one at the front is only one seed... but three seedlings have appeared. So yeah, don't sow too many!! You'll have way too many beetroots to eat haha! These are rainbow beet by the way.

11/04/2014 at 22:21

I only planted one seed per cell... you don't want like 6 seedlings coming up in one cell really.. .

11/04/2014 at 22:31

My point is that any thinning out of cells/modules simply disturbs the unit.  Of course.....unless monogerm varieties.....Beetroot produce more than one seedling but still better to remove when established in their final position.  Just logical 

11/04/2014 at 22:36

To be honest.  Beetroot.  I would sow direct into the open ground.  A shallow drill.  Lightly sprinkle the seed.  Cove and wait.  Then thin out.  Perhaps someting of an old wives tale.  Beetroot bleeds.  So sowing in a tray or whatever, then pricking out and so on.  The tiny fiberous roots get damaged and bleed.  Likewise when harvesting.  Dont chop of the leaves, and then boil the beets up.  NO.  Leave the leaves on.  Boil/cook, leave to stand.  The before serving.  Then remove the leaves.

11/04/2014 at 23:59

It's how I do it too Mike.  Hope your health is good today 

12/04/2014 at 00:01

I always start them of in trays when they are big enough pot them on so that there is three -four good sized ones per pot then up to the allotment feed with home made compost works every time for me and keep weed free plus water regularly 

12/04/2014 at 01:15

Anything I sow in mod trays, I plant up the whole module, then see who is lookiing really well after a wk or so. rather than disturb any roots, I chop off the weaker spares at soil level, then the roots just rot down in the soil and feed the others. I always try not to disturb roots of any veg.

Perennials don't seem to give a bugger, so I'm quite hard on them. Some can be as bad as weeds!

12/04/2014 at 08:26

Have been told that tiny root of a beet root can go as deep as six feet into the soil.  Not terribly relevant when the discussion is about seeds, modules etc, but just the sort of esoteric gem I love.  Makes all the difference when my allotment produce is iffy.

12/04/2014 at 08:44

Hester, not sure you are correct there 

But I have just seen a snail the size of a cat 

13/04/2014 at 09:41

Oooh! Verdun, wish I had your snail!  I paint them with nail varnish to check on their doings.  I could put a cat bell on yours so I would know she didn't wander too far.

13/04/2014 at 09:49

The beetroot I sowed direct about 3 weeks ago are looking fine, although the rows are a bit muddled at one end as the fence was painted after the beetroot were sown, and think they got walked on a bit - still, we will have beetroot 

13/04/2014 at 14:52

You are ahead of me Dove.  I'm late this year.

 Love to see those red leaves alongside   Fresh green lettuce in veg patch.  I hate the first,pickings though cos my veg patch is all nicely laid out, full, evenly spaced and "perfect".  The first pickings spoil it 

13/04/2014 at 16:49

The problem is Verdun, that I'm having problems distinguishing the seedlings from the ash tree seeds that have sprung up (as usual) all over the veg patch - it's not helped by the fact that my newest glasses broke the other day, and I've reverted to my previous pair 

13/04/2014 at 17:08

Ah,,so you may be growing ash instead.  And that means I am ahead of you 

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