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Pierce17-Apr-07 05:58 PM EST 5a   
Sarah.20-Apr-07 12:49 PM EST 6b   
Pierce21-Apr-07 02:43 PM EST 5a   
Carol05-May-07 10:00 PM EST 5a   
Carol05-May-07 10:03 PM EST 5a   


Subject: drooping seedlings
From: Pierce
Zone: 5a
Date: 17-Apr-07 05:58 PM EST

I've been growing seeds indoors,in planting tray greenhouse, (Pansys, Gaillardia, Delphinium, & Valerian). Most were up to about 2-21/2 inches, The last few days they are drooped over & are loosing their color. Can you tell me what the trouble may be??


Subject: RE: drooping seedlings
From: Sarah.
Zone: 6b
Date: 20-Apr-07 12:49 PM EST

It could be too little or too much water..however, based on how tall you say they are, they may have just gotten too spindly and leggy. This is a common problem for seedlings grown indoors. You didn't say if you were using growlights or just a sunny window..but it's usually an issue for the 'sunny window' seedlings as the light is inconsistent and spare. This has started to happen to some of my snapdragon seedlings, and as the weather is getting warmer during the day, I've tried to remedy the problem by beginning to put them in my cold frame outside (better sun exposure) for a few hours a day. Hope this helped!!


Subject: RE: drooping seedlings
From: Pierce
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Apr-07 02:43 PM EST

Thank you so much for you reply Sarah. The room where I was growing them is a little dark, It lacks direct light from the sun, Its on the north side of the house, So I moved them closer to a window on the south side. I kept them watered to prevent drying out. Hope this works, lol. Thanks once again


Subject: RE: drooping seedlings
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 05-May-07 10:00 PM EST

Hi Pierce, I had seedlings, and they got damp, which is when they get pinched looking right at the base, and fall over. You might check that as the cause. Also if you could try to strengthen them by either using a fan or putting them outdoors for a few hours a day; I have found it helps alot. Good luck


Subject: RE: drooping seedlings
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 05-May-07 10:03 PM EST

oops sorry I should have mentioned, you can buy something called no damp, if that is indeed what you have going on with your seedlings. I don't know if it will save the ones already afflicted but it should help the healthy ones.


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