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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:58 am    Post subject: Drooping courgettes Reply with quote

I have a problem with some courgette seedlings. I planted about 10 days ago, and saw some exceptional growth up to yesterday. Now the seedlings have all drooped over considerably - some laying flat on the soil.

Is there anything I can do to help them? I have watered sparingly, and they are in a heated propogator on a windowsill. I would expect some tilting towards the light, but as you can see it is more like a total collapse.

Any advice greatly appreciated!



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might not be getting enough light on your windowsill, look leggy.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul is probably right put a sheet of tinfoil behind them standing up so they get twice as much light. is it not a bit early for courgettes??
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That could be it alright.

I agree on the early bit. Getting ahead of myself maybe. My thoughts were to have the seedlings well established to go into the polytunnel once it's a bit warmer.

Sure only a few seeds. Plenty left for the main set later on.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep look leggy alright.

It helps if you turn the seed tray every few days to stop the seedlings growing lopsided towards the light.
The tinfoil mentioned by slowcompost might be helpful as well.
Supposedly some growers of "herb" use it. Laughing

Courgettes germinate in or around 10 deg C, so not really a great need for a heated propagator.
Leaning towards the light whilst being promoted by the heat below can cause what you see here.
No heat from below and it would not be as pronounced.
"Exceptional growth" can lead to exceptional softness of seedlings.
They are better off grown colder (without propagator) as they end up "harder" for it.
Be careful now as yours can get a shock of some sort after coming from warmth, possibly a cold breeze or an application of cold water.

Some of them look on their way to the thinning out stage.
Its time for thinning when your seedlings have produced true leaves, those which are the first set of leaves that emerge after the original germination leaves. Thin by pricking them out and replant them into small individual pots.




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On closer inspection just now, I've noticed a slight browning of the end of the leaves of two. Maybe they are tight for space. I'll see how they do for a day or so (have just rotated) and will prick out to larger pots and pray!

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

your seedlings are suffering from phototropism just rotate them every morning this will stop them bending towards the light
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've rotated them, which will take care of the leaning, but the out and out collapse I am more concerned about.
Still, appreciate the advice nemo, thanks.
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