A tray full of seedlings awaiting selection and planting out. Some growers may seed into cells but I find this dry out more easily with my setup so I scatter and transplant instead. Feel free to do better than I.
You can already see variation at this stage with different amounts of speckle, variation on waviness and serration of leaf margin as well.
But the variation begins much earlier. As this was my first year growing this seed, I did no early selection but once I know a plant, I will often select at the cotyledon (baby leaf) stage if I can. You'll notice a couple variation on the left. The bottom has spotting are lady, the one in the middle is crinkled. On the right, at the first true leaf stage, you'll see speckled in the middle, pure green on the right and just above a slightly speckled leaf.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.