Should I pull up seedlings to give strength to other seedlings in the same pot?

Question by Megan: Should I pull up seedlings to give strength to other seedlings in the same pot?
I’m growing indoor herbs from seeds, and to make sure I sprouted healthy plants I planted plenty of seeds in each pot. It seems to be working well, but I do know that too many plants in one pot can result many weak plants rather than one healthy plant. Most of the 5.5″ pots have no more than five plants sprouting, which is probably okay. But the basil has about fifteen or twenty strong-looking plants. Should I pull up the smaller of more crowded plants to help the remaining plants mature?

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Answer by Elizabeth
You over planted. Pulling the smaller plants may disturb the root system of the plant you want to keep. Use a small pair of snips or manicure scissors and cut the tops off of the unwanted plants. If they re-sprout cut them again. Your pots are too small for basil 12″ – 14″ minimum pot size.

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