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help leggy seedlings
Fri 5-Mar-10
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fiano60
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I have psown some purple sprouting broccali and some brussels in cells so I have 40 of each were planted on18/3 and are now about 3to 4 inches tall an are beggining to fall over .with the toms i just added more soil also are they not planted deep enought dont really know what to do next they only have 2 leaves on them Help

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Hello Fiano60, welcome to the forum it's good to see you joining in.  I expect Kate will have the answer to your query, she does know a lot about gardening.

I'll try that again!

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Hello Flano60- where are you growing your seedlings?

Sounds like they could do with some more light. If you don't want to risk them getting singed on a sunny windowsill ( brassicas can burn in the sun!) you could put some aluminium foil around the seed trays to increase the light level. If your seedlings are in a tray, a really good way of improving light levels is to get an old cardboard box that will fit your seedlings, slice it in half diagonally, so you have two boxes that are open/shallow on one side and high on the other. Line ithem with aluminium foil, put the seed trays in the boxes on the windowsill. This will bounce the light around the seedlings and they will be less leggy.You can also do this just by putting a sheet of foil behind the tray so the light bounces from both directions. Let the leaves get a bit larger and the roots develop a bit more then carefully re-pot them putting them lower down in the pot. Don't go for a pot that is larger this first time unless the roots are coming out of the bottom of your previous pot. Each time you re-pot the seedlings, put them a little lower down and give yourself some space to build the soil up, combining this with extra light,gradually you will reduce the 'legginess" of your seedlings!

Sounds like you had the same problem with the Tomatoes, so making a cardboard box propagator will work for all your seedlings for years to come.

Hope that helps!

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You see?  I knew she'd have an answer!  Well done Kate. WellDone

I'll try that again!

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Thanks Kate Im going off to find couple of boxes and tinfoil get it sorted thanks again Fiona

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Hi Toffeeapple you were right thanks Smile

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Let me know if it helps!Ok

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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That suggestion may help us out too as we have the problem of light levels when overwintering plants if we don't get enough snow early on in winter and few sunny days then our poor plants just give up.Steam

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It's a Geoff Hamilton top practical tip from years back, works like a dream. That reflector foam for behind radiators works a treat to.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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Thanks Kate it does seem to have rescued the brussels although the broccoli is lying on its side just above the dirt hopefull will be able to put them in bigger pots as they are growing more leaves will remember to do this from now on as other plants benefiting OkOk

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Hurrah!Ok

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