The plants were harvested at 28th day of seedling time.

seedling time - does it meet the requirement of terminology?

  • By "meet the requirement of terminology" do you mean "do people use this phrase?" Dec 5 '15 at 0:31
  • @NathanTuggy: Yes, is it common?
    – wina
    Dec 5 '15 at 0:33
  • What specific crop are you writing about? Dec 5 '15 at 1:09
  • This really isn't a language question, but word usage in a technical context. You might ask it on Gardening & Landscaping SE.
    – user3169
    Dec 5 '15 at 1:17
  • @StoneyB: It was Amaranth (lat. Amaranthus hibridus)
    – wina
    Dec 5 '15 at 1:40

The agronomists I have worked with usually count the time from harvest in days after planting or sowing. That event is sometimes called "seeding", without the "l".

"Seedling" is something different: it is ordinarily the name for the plant at a very early stage of its actual growth, usually as it emerges from the ground, before it has developed frank leaves. Agronomists usually call the stage (as opposed to the plant itself) "emergence".

So depending on which event you want to count from, you should speak of the 28th day after planting or after emergence.

If your "seedling time" means the time at which seedlings propagated in trays are replanted in the field where they will grow to maturity, we speak of this as "transplanting". The Connecticut Agricultural Experimentation Station writes that "Vegetable amaranth is ready to harvest about a month after transplanting."

  • I believe it is not seeding time @StoneyB
    – wina
    Dec 5 '15 at 1:42

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