Seedlings helmets stuck help

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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Before I start seeds to get I rub the seeds against very fine sandpaper, this helps softening the cases and stops this happening.

Some say its silly but it works for me.

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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I find soaking the seeds helps to soften them

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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nickdu wrote:This is what i do. I wet the helmet then put two fingers each end of the seed helmet the sharp part not the flat part and gently squeeze them together.
I then put a finger on the soil where the seedling has sprouted from to support the stem and slowly pull the helmet off.
If the stem is long enough i hold it instead and geltly pull the helmet off.
It works for me and i hardly ever loose a seedling to due to stuck helmets.
I try to leave them be but I always end up using this method. I use a spray bottle to wet down the casing a few times leaving the water to soak in a bit then get to squeezing.

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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If you're used to splitting pea/broad bean/mangetout pods it's the same thing in minature. :P

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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This has happened to me a few times. In each case I've just tried to use 2 cocktail sticks to remove it with a bit of gentle force. If it won't come, let the seedling grow for another day and then try again. Eventually they've always just come loose enough to slide off.

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Re: Seedlings helmets stuck help

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Let them do their thing...more times than not the leaves will pry themselves out enough for you to help out....and by help i mean gently pinching the seed and coaxing it off while you LIGHTLY hold the seedling in place....in the event it's totally covered....leave it be...saliva will help....worst case...yo may lose it...

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