pricking out


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Related to pricking out: hardening off, pricking up, thinning out

pricking out

A technique of moving seedlings from where they germinated and spacing them in pots or trays.
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But not a bit daunted, Queequeg steered us manfully; now sheering off from this monster directly across our route in advance; now edging away from that, whose colossal flukes were suspended overhead, while all the time, Starbuck stood up in the bows, lance in hand, pricking out of our way whatever whales he could reach by short darts, for there was no time to make long ones.
Instead of pricking out you can then thin the seedlings by pulling out the excess and discarding them.
OUR greenhouses are rapidly filling up with pots and seed trays of young seedlings we have been pricking out.