I have started growing some Big whoopers http://www.parkseed.com from
seed. I got their biodome and everything is going pretty good. The
plants are getting about 2" tall the problem is that they are falling
over, they seem really weak in the structure sense but other than that
they seem to look green and have two big leave. I think I am suppose
to repot them at 4 leaves but I could be wrong.
Yes repot them. I will tell you what I do. once the true set of leaves come
I pinch off the bottom two ( the very first leaves on the bottom) and bury
the plant up to the 4 leaves on an angle. I will do this again either when
it moves outside or if it starts to get leggy again. It makes the stem
stronger and nothing else changes.
"Seth" < email@example.com> wrote in message
If they don't get enough light they get "leggy" and after they are about 4 -
6 inches tall, they fall over. Otherwise they might be dampening off. I
don't know what causes it for sure, but I think it is too much watering.
They just get very small stemmed when the stem enters the dirt and they fall
If it is warm enough where you are, take them outside during the day.
Otherwise put them inside where they can get some sunlight (like in front of
a glass door on the south side of the house). You might hang a light about
4 - 6 inches from the tops of the little plants also.
Overwatering creates a favorable environment for the fungus to grow.
Sprinkling a little baby powder on the top of the soil, or using a
baking soda spray will help prevent damping off, too.
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"ElissaAnn" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
My first couple of tomato plantings did this. My problem was
too much water. I was keeping those suckers soaked 24x7 and
basically sitting in a pool of mud. (hey, what did I know? I was
new at it). I planted 12 of 'em, and by the 5th week, 10 had
collapsed and fallen over. I tried tieing them off with dental floss
to toothpicks stuck in the mud to hold 'em up. Didn't work.
After I figured it out (too much water), I went to a full watering
every 4th day, and a light mist with a sprayer on the leaves every
2nd day between waterings. Planted another 12 and had 13 grow
to full plants (how does that happen?) and they all made it just fine
with the new watering schedule.
Since then, haven't had a problem.
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