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stoneygardens
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Purple Leafs Reply with quote

Anybody help Please
I've cabbage and broccoli planted but some have purple leafs
Have I Over heated them in cloches and not ventilated them enough
Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same but there planted outside, some turned purple for a while and grew out or the bottom leafs fell off. I bought the plants about 4 or 5 inches tall and planted them outside in a handfull of compost, i think myself its the roots growing through tne compost and finding different nutrients in the top soil
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is a normal occurrence especially when plants are moved from a warmer climate inside to a cooler climate outside even though the days are quite warm the nights are cold. the plant shuts down for a while and will resume normal growth in a few days. it is normal for the lower older leaves to drop off as the upper leaves develop. the purple colour is indicative of nitrogen shortage. The plants can experience a temporary shortage of nitrogen going through a peat compost.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 12:23 pm    Post subject: Re Purple leafs Reply with quote

Thanks you
For your replies they were moved from indoors to outdoors
to create room So will I just snip off the oldest laeves and give them a Nitrogen rich food
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