Please advise our fellow grower:
I am having growing issues and was hoping you might offer some insight?
problem is that, while my plants are germinating within two to three
days using the seed immersed in water method, and are sprouting when
placed in a peat pellet, or soil (I’ve used both), they aren’t doing so
with any vigor. Their stalks are flimsy, and of the six seeds I’ve
planted (3WWAF and 3WW), only two (1WWAF and 1WW) have survived. Those
that didn’t make it sort of withered away, at the stalks’ base and/or at
the top where those first two little leaves appear, and then they
toppled and died.
The two plants that have made it are stunted
and growing very, very slowly. The surviving WWAF sprouted from a peat
pellet. The pellet was placed in soil, April 15, over a month ago now,
and the plant is only a couple of inches tall and has but it’s second
set of leaves, and those are quite small. The surviving WW, when it
germinated, was placed straight into it’s potting medium. It sprouted
April 20 and is about 5 inches high; but that’s mostly a long, frail
appearing stalk, and it, also, has only it’s second set of leaves, and
they, like the WWAF, are very small.
As to other conditions which
might be germane: I am growing outdoors, in a potting medium/mixture
of soil that is formulated for rose bushes (50%), and soil that is
formulated for potted vegetables (50%). I’m growing in pots, in a
garden that also has corn and tomatoes, planted directly in the ground.
The garden gets direct sunlight, and also mottled sunlight. All the
plants in the garden currently get at least 6 hours of sun per day when
the sun is shining, and that amount lengthens as the summer season
lengthens. The sun has not shone as much as is seasonally regular, for
we have had an unusually overcast and rainy May; however, the corn and
tomatoes were planted simultaneously with the seed from you, and both
are doing extremley well, making me doubt that the rain or cloudy days
we’ve experienced can, alone, account for the stunted, slow growing
I was wondering… could the seeds have been x-rayed?
Might that account for their lack of vigor? If you have any insight or
opinion which could help, it would be most welcome. I have four seeds
left, need to get them going soon, and am hoping for better success.