Sunday, 7 June 2015

Seedlings galore!

This week I have mostly been potting-up seedlings....

Lots of my seeds are sown in seed-trays (called "flats" in the USA , I believe. In the UK, a flat is what Americans call an apartment...), or in pots. When the plants grow to a size that makes it practical to transplant them (usually when they have two proper leaves), I move the best ones into separate pots. Recently I have done this with my Endives. I have two varieties of Endives, "De Meaux" and "Caillard".

At this stage they don't look much different, although the De Meaux ones are mostly a fair bit larger, even though both were sown on the same day.

I will grow the Endives in these 3 and 4-inch pots for another two or three weeks, after which I will plant them in their final growing positions in one of the raised beds.

I have been doing the same with Purple Sprouting Broccoli too:

I have potted-up four each of "Early Purple" and "Red Spear".

Meanwhile the Leek seedlings are coming along nicely. These "Apollo" ones are not far off the so-called "pencil thickness" stage, at which they are best planted out in their final positions.

Whereas the "Winter Giant" ones which I sowed later are still very small. This is probably just as well, since at this moment I don't have much available space for them.


  1. We prick out into modules rather than parts. They are easier to transport to the allotment. They also take less space in the greenhouse.

  2. Yes we call them flats. You work harder for your transplants than I do. I rarely ever pot anything up. But I supposed you have a smaller garden than I do, and potting up means you can transplant later and grow more in a given spot in the garden.

  3. I started my peppers in "flats" and then potted up to 4 inch pots. The pots take a lot more room under the lights, which is a necessity here in March. I suppose now all of the potted up seedlings are outside because you have enough sun and warmth to grow them outdoors.

  4. Looks good. Hopefully this year I can do a better job of succession planting. Your seed starting prowess provokes envy!

  5. I usually don't pot anything up except for tomatoes and peppers. Most seedlings go straight outside once they are big enough (having 1 or 2 sets of true leaves). Having said that I wish I had potted up my leeks - I lost several of them (and there weren't that many to begin with), so I may do the old potting up trick for them next year.


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