What are Allotment Dibbers & Widgers?
These unusually named tools are small propagation tools for removing small seedlings from a growing tray or module and moving them into a new pot or tray with the minimum of damage.
The Widger has flat and forked ends for teasing the seedling out of the tray or pot the seed was germinated in.
The Dibber has a single or double pointed end that is used to create a hole in the new compost or soil and for firming the compost around the plant.
Dibbers come a several sizes based on the size of seedling you are transplanting.
Seedlings are best transplanted when the seedling has what looks like two leaves.
These are not actually leaves but are called cotyledons or “seed leaf”. When the seed germinates the cotyledon becomes the embryonic first leaves of a seedling.
The number of cotyledons present is one characteristic used by botanists to classify plants. Plants with one cotyledon are called monocotyledonous (“monocots”), plants with two embryonic leaves are termed dicotyledonous (“dicots”). These ‘seed leaves’ are much tougher than the first real leaves and can be handled with no damage to the seedling