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Pinching back leggy plants to seed leaves

Nigel103Nigel103 Posts: 37
Is it ok to pinch back leggy flower seedlings to the two seed leaves? Seedlings are quite large and have one of two pairs of true leaves.

Zinnias and Stock.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,835
    Hello Nigel. I would not go back so far in your pinching out. Go back to the first set of true leaves if you feel that they need a drastic treatment.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,798
    My instinct says No! There’ll no nowhere left for the side shoots to form from. 

    I think you should wait until they’re bigger and then pinch back to three pairs of true leaves. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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