Thinning seedlings

I know that to most this would be a stupid question but- I sowed some cornflower and  and nigella seeds. I think that I did far too many. How do I thin out them? Can I just pull some out and about how close can the ones I leave be?

Here they are

http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag97/Bev_Pounsett-Krynauw/0323-06-13_zps92c2d2cd.jpg

 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,635

    Thin by easing out the weak ones to leave stronger plants 3 inch apart.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Bev, neither look like Nigella to me. Agree with FB. Can't tell if they are in a tray or modules, if in modules just leave 2 in each & split when ready to plant out.

    Looking better than my Gypso..thingies..

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    They could be cornflower, some types do look tlike this, at least the ones my friend grew on her allotment a couple of years ago were like this in their trays.  Thin out to a couple per module, and plant aout. then let them sort themselves out - they will.  Do take out the weakest and thinnest looking, as the bigger ones will take over and grow strongly anyway. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,523

    If you look in the bottom of the tray with the light greenplants there's something that could be Nigella leaves

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  • The pic obviously isn't very good. They are all planted straight into a large container (with an apple tree in the middle) outside. I just sprinkled seed on.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,523

    I can see the tree trunk nowimage

  • Michael SandsMichael Sands Posts: 61

    I use peat pots to sow things in and use heat to get them going. It makes thinning a thing of the past as well as allows you to have more plants from the same packet of seeds. The peat pots do dry out quicker than normal pots but I think it is a better way?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,161
    Bev Pounsett-Krynauw wrote (see)

    The pic obviously isn't very good. They are all planted straight into a large container (with an apple tree in the middle) outside. I just sprinkled seed on.

    Oh, well about half a dozen would probably have been enough then - never mind - give them a good soaking, tease some out gently and firm the others in.  If you've got somewhere suitable the thinnings may well cope with being replanted if you give them a bit of tlc. image

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  • Thank you everyone.image  I will be out later sorting them out.

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