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>> No. 2801 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 4:07 pm
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Dear Gardeners' Question Time,

I'm growing Thyme and now that the seedlings have appeared, is it time to transplant then individually into their own pots?


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>> No. 2802 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 4:22 pm
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They're far too small to handle. Best to pull some out (try repotting them if you really want) for space so the roots of the remaining ones don't get tangled then wait until they're a lot sturdier before repotting the them.
>> No. 2803 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 8:01 pm
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Thanks for the response.

>Best to pull some out
So pull them out with my fingers or dig them out?

> (try repotting them if you really want)
So you mean pull them out and rearrange in the same pot to space them out a bit?

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>> No. 2805 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 8:28 pm
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If you're going to just thin them out then yes use your fingers. If you're going to try to repot them then use something long and thin and scoopy to try and pull out a plug of soil without disturbing the root (there's probably only one per seedling at this point) too much. Not in the same pot. If you've only got the one pot then just thin them out, don't rearrange them as you'll only end up disturbing the others while potentially killing the ones you do move. How many thyme plants do you need, anyway? Even one can grow to quite a substantial size.

The rim of that pot is a bit too high so you've ended up with some really leggy seedlings growing as tall as they can to catch the sun over the edge. Something to consider for next time*.

*If this happens with anything solanaceae (tomatoes, chillies, peppers, some others) it can be a good thing as they'll put out more roots if you pile soil around their exposed stalks.
>> No. 2806 Anonymous
20th March 2020
Friday 4:55 pm
2806 It's time to stop
Is there some reason why you couldn't leave the seeds together and grow a type of mega-thyme? Gently twist the stalks around one another to create a thick, entwined trunk; then further up encourage each seperate plant out to its own section?

I'm thinking competition of resources might trouble the roots. Could you affect an even distribution of minerals across a large space to mitigate this risk? Or perhaps create borders between seeds, so route growth can be directed away from the others.

Completely unrelated - a while ago i noticed nettles have a tendancy to grow new shoots at about a 90 degree angle from one another. How hard do you suppose it would be to graft sections of two nettles, as pictured? You could have an entire wall latticed with nettles, full of aphids and ant colonies.

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