To give the best chances of germination success, each yCube is usually seeded with 6 seeds (for big seeds like peas, we use 3 seeds per cube). Each stem or sprout coming from the yCube is its own plant, and its normal for many to sprout at once. Sometimes all of the seeds end up sprouting which can be too many for the space.
What is Thinning?
Thinning is the practice of removing the weakest sprouts from a planting site and leaving behind the strongest one or two. Leaving two would be for insurance, to make sure at least one survives.
While purely optional in terms of plant health, thinning does have some significant benefits for growth rate and Gardyn aesthetics. Thinning gives even access to light and nutrients where un-thinned groups may have inconsistencies with some plants getting access to all the light but having to share nutrients with the weaker plants they shade.
Advantages of Thinning
Instead of Gardyn’s growing unruly, thinning helps keep things organized and cleanso it’s easier to maintain your plants. Defoliating, pruning, inspecting for pests, and pollinating becomes much easier when there’s only one or two plants growing per yCube. The remaining plants will also be enabled to thrive with access to the resources the weaker plants were using!
Which Plants Should I Thin?
Fruiting plants and leafy greens should be thinned ideally to one plant while they are still young.
Herbs and bushy plants such as watercress and flowers do not need to be thinned.
Here are our recommendations of plants that do better when thinned:
|American Mustard||Arugula||Bok Choi||Borage||Breen||Bull's blood||Buttercrunch|
|Butterhead||Cardinale Lettuce||Cape Gooseberry||Cherry Tomatoes||Cucumbers||Dark Red Lettuce||Endive lettuce|
|Flashy Trout Back||Green Mustard||Jalapenos||Kale||Kale Lacinato||Lollo Rossa||Matilda|
|Mini Eggplants||Mini Strawberries||Monte Carlo||Peas||Red Amaranth||Red Mustard||Red Romaine|
|Red Sails Lettuce||Romaine||Rouge d'hiver||Shiso||Sweet Peppers||Swiss Chard||Tatsoi|
When to Thin
It’s best to thin your plants when they’re young, but established when a set of true leaves can be observed.
How to Thin