A lot has happened this past week. The leek, peppers and eggplant have all joined the lettuce and tomato by finally germinating and popping out of the soil.
At the top of some of the seedlings is a cocoon type structure, enveloping the tips of the leaves. They seem to be the outer shells from the seeds, left behind once the plant emerges. They hold on to the leaves and once the plant grows these shells make their way skyward. Eventually they fall off on their own.
I know you are probably not suppose to do this, but I couldn’t resist. I wanted to see how easily the shell would come off if I tugged on it a little bit.
So I removed the pepper plants hat. It looks nothing like the seed I planted, so I am not sure how it ended up looking like this. I guess the water swelled it and the growing plant bulged it enough to triple in size. The color also changed which makes sense because now it is empty. It is even a bit translucent.
The leek seedlings look awesome. I love how long and thin they are with that black seed shell dangling on the tip.
Eggplant seedling just breaking through the surface. Seems like most of the seedlings emerge this way. Curled over. Then once the grow tall enough they spring up straight.
This pepper plant took his own hat off.
As multiple seeds germinate in the same section of the tray they will start to compete with each other for nutrients and space. The weaker ones must be thinned to allow the strongest one to thrive. I would recommend using scissors and cutting them off at the base near the soil. If you try to pull them you might disturb the root of the one you are leaving behind.
If I drizzled some dressing on this pile I would have a mini-salad.
In the foreground is the tomato, in the back is the lettuce. Can you see the tomato plants already getting fuzzy? Already needing to shave. They grow up so fast.