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Any advice for very leggy, floppy sunflower seedlings?

Comments (13)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I would suggest putting them in the lightest, brightest spot you can find, preferably outdoors (you can cover them at night if they've not been hardened off yet - you don't say if they are indoors or outdoors), and preferably with the sun overhead as much as possible - they get leggy when they are stretching out to find the light.

    If they are indoors and you really can't put them outside, then turn them a quarter turn every day, to even up the pull of the light.

    As for the floppiness, it depends on how you are growing them, but a general suggestion would be to try constructing a support network from pea sticks, or by inserting sticks into the corners of the seed tray and winding cotton around/across to keep them seperate and upright.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Grower

    Ruth Henrietta

    Thanks Rachel... They were inside... Now put them out... Tough love!

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Haha, well done you! It's always a balance, starting seeds outdoors which is usually "better" for them, or starting them indoors where you can see them, look after them, water them, protect them from marauding snails and - of course - start them weeks earlier!

  4. Grower

    Ruth Henrietta

    It's all a bit of an experiment at the moment, seeing what works and what doesn't. I'm learning loads, which is great.

  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Don't forget to make notes! By this time next year you may have forgotten what worked and what didn't!

  6. Grower

    Sima Taylor

    When my seedlings get like that I follow the advice as above but repot them making sure the seedlings are put in deeper. i.e. bury part of the stem. This will help the stem to grow stronger and straighter. Hope this helps.

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Sima, I'm interested to read your comment, because in the past I have tried "earthing up" leggy seedlings, and it usually causes the stem to rot! Do you ever have a problem with that?

  8. Grower

    Sima Taylor

    Hi Rachel
    yeah, I have had leggy sunflowers and earther them up in a mix of 'potting up' compost and perlite or sand which allows the water to drain. Once potted up and watered I then watered from below, i.e. put water in a dish. Also, I potted up in a small pot, then put it in greenhouse. I earther up about quarter of the seedling. After a few weeks I used a thin stick to stake and tie the seedling so it would grow straight. Let me know if this works. Good luck.

  9. Grower

    Ruth Henrietta

    Wow... And I thought sunflowers were supposed to be easy! I'm definitely going to plant some in situ to compare. Me leggy ones are now starting to break... Will take your advice... Nothing to loose! Thanks

  10. Grower

    Sima Taylor

    they are easy, me thinks! You just have to remember to move them to a sunnier place once the seeds start to germinate. I am too stingy to buy more seeds and try to save as many as i can. If you think they are too delicate, i wouldn't bother saving them. Happy growing.............

  11. Grower

    Ruth Henrietta

    Thanks Sima... Are you in Easton? I saw you had some primroses which might divide... I could swap for some Morning Glory seedlings - I seem to be doing well with those!

  12. Grower

    Sima Taylor

    Hi Ruth. Yes I can give you some primroses for free. And yes, I do live in East on. I can drop some off sometime this week.

  13. Grower

    Ruth Henrietta

    That would be great ... I work, but home by 6... Is that any good? I'm new to this site... Wonder if I can send you a personal msg with my address... Will try.... Happy to swap for some morning glory seedlings


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