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.......not many things, gardening-wise, frustrates me more than leggy, spindly seedlings. So, just for grins and giggling, I replanted, DEEP, a Brussels Sprout and a broccoli seedling to see what would happen........film at 11.
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.......not many things, gardening-wise, frustrates me more than leggy, spindly seedlings. So, just for grins and giggling, I replanted, DEEP, a Brussels Sprout and a broccoli seedling to see what would happen........film at 11. View attachment 45485
You can plant deeper but without sufficient light they will just get leggy again. Akin to lowering the river instead of raising the bridge. And by planting deeper your risking stem rot. They aren't like tomatoes which will grow roots up the buried stem.
 
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It's seldom I disagree with Chuck, but I believe the risk of stem rot to be minimal.
Many, many, many brassicas are started in seed beds FOR THE VERY PURPOSE OF TRANSPLANTING DEEPER later on. They have little in the way of roots, so burying them deeper helps guard against drought and lodging.
I even earth mine up when they grow tall.
He is right about the light though.
 
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It's seldom I disagree with Chuck, but I believe the risk of stem rot to be minimal.
Many, many, many brassicas are started in seed beds FOR THE VERY PURPOSE OF TRANSPLANTING DEEPER later on. They have little in the way of roots, so burying them deeper helps guard against drought and lodging.
I even earth mine up when they grow tall.
He is right about the light though.
Well......that being said, by a Brit (and I have followed MANY allotment sites for inspiration and tips, for years), who ALWAYS has to "be on your toes" and "think outside the box" because of having such difficult weather patterns to overcome.....I am encouraged to plant ALL of them deep in the raised beds as soon as the true leaves develop.
 
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UPDATE ON EXPERIMENT......The true leaves have come on and the VERY leggy broccolli are buried DEEP in the bed.......Now we wait.......
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Remember to walk all over the soil when you have planted them. Many brassicas like compacted soil as it lends more support. Cauliflowers and brussels sprouts are the two which best spring to mind.
Remember to protect from birds and slugs/snails.
Pigeons especially will decimate them.
 
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Remember to walk all over the soil when you have planted them. Many brassicas like compacted soil as it lends more support. Cauliflowers and brussels sprouts are the two which best spring to mind.
Remember to protect from birds and slugs/snails.
Pigeons especially will decimate them.
Here in the land o' cotton one good rain will compact the clay soil.
 
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UPDATE........5 days after deep planting the leggy broccoli, the plants HAVE shown growth........but are beginning to look like this. Not sure, yet, but it may be stem rot as Chuck had said might happen.
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I checked Google's images of potassium deficiency in plants and couldn't find a picture that looks like what's going on here.....Course, I reckon that could be a factor. Perplexed by the tiny holes appearing in the leaves.
Uhmmm bugs of course. Post swarm numbers are high we have had no change in heat to slow anything down.
 
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Just went back out to take another look and noticed that the young plants in, BOTH ,the turnip bed and mustard greens bed have the same discolored spots coming on them, too.......I would have to say you could be on the right "track"'.
 
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Just went back out to take another look and noticed that the young plants in, BOTH ,the turnip bed and mustard greens bed have the same discolored spots coming on them, too.......I would have to say you could be on the right "track"'.
Thanks to @Chuck I now have spinosad, BT, and a handful of other organic bug killers in stock.
 
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It's just chlorosis of the cotyledons.
As their only purpose is to help the stem out of the ground, they are now surplus to requirement anyway.
The true leaves look good.
 
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UPDATE.......Well, apparently, it IS possible to plant spindly, leggy Brussels sprout and broccoli seedlings DEEP.......or at least it worked this time. They even survived Hurricane Michael. This morning did it with some VERY leggy beet seedlings.
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