Thinning is a farm technique used to remove some plants or parts of plant to allow growth of more plants or fruit.
This operation is usually used to reduce competition among plants for requirements for growth, such as light, moisture and nutrients. When seedlings are thinned, there would be a bigger spacing between them which would help to better airflow and reduce the spread of diseases through limited air movement.
This procedure helps a farmer to determine the space in which plants are to grow. Fruit producing plants most especially would have a lower fruit yield when plants have to struggle for access to root space and nutrients, which would lead to reduced or low productivity from farms.
Thinning can be done in different ways, although the most common practice is to uproot unwanted part of plant from the soil, leaving the healthy part of the plant. this is better done in the late evening and when the soil is soft or properly watered.
Ensure thinning of plants is done before the roots are well formed, as disturbing well formed roots would be detrimental to a plants growth. Plants that can be thinned include tomatoes, ugu, cucumber and other vegetable crops.
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