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A THESE are the seed leaves of young vegetable and herb plants, such as peas, coriander, parsley, dill and chives, that can be eaten in salads and sandwiches.
When the greens are about 2 inches tall, use scissors to cut them just above their seed leaves. (Called cotyledons, seed leaves sprout before the first true leaves.
Monocots emerge with a single seed leaf whereas dicots emerge with two seed leaves. Most monocot weeds found in lawns are from the family Gramineae and are termed grassy weeds or narrow leaved weeds.
Carol: Most seedlings first produce twin seed leaves, which help the plant get going.
The ideal time to move seedlings is when they have developed their first pair of adult leaves (the two that appear immediately after the initial seed leaves).
A If you cover seed leaves with soil, a disease called botrytis can develop.
Once the first leaves emerge (the seed leaves), the plant switches from the use of the limited stored energy to solar energy.
The seeds should germinate within two to three weeks, producing roots and first seed leaves. Count the seedlings and work out the percentage of germination.
I wait until there are two seed leaves - these are larger, chunkier and differently shaped from the true seedling leaves - plus two true seedling leaves.