Starting seedlings indoors, Part three

Last week, we saw that a lot of our pepper seeds had sprouted. I removed the ones that had sprouted from the heating mat so that it would not damage their roots. They are now in larger containers, where they’ll remain until they get too close to their neighbours, and then I’ll move them into their own individual pots. Some gardeners don’t like to transplant their seedlings too many times, but I don’t like to break their roots to separate them from their neighbours when I finally move them to the garden, nor do I like them to get too rootbound. So, they will be transplanted once more.
Some plants, such as the celery seedlings below, don’t grow very quickly and don’t have deep roots, so they can stay with their neighbours for quite a bit longer. They were started 10 days before the peppers but they are much smaller, though some have begun to grow their secondary set of leaves (the ones with scalloped edges).

Celery seedlings with secondary leaves

So, we’re in maintenance mode now

Keep the plants watered (but not soaked), and ensure they get adequate sunlight and or artificial light, as per the recommendations for each type of plant.
It is important to rotate your plants frequently so that they grow straight. They’ll naturally lean towards the sun or other light source.

Seedlings leaning towards the sun
I usually rotate them every couple of days.

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