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Sun exposed seedlings

Posted by happs_monarch (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 6, 10 at 19:37

Hello,

I am new to this site, and very new to gardening. Today while i was clearing up a section of my backyard, I made a very big mistake in taking my milkweed seedlings outside with me. I thought that they might appreciate a little more light, seeing that they are all bending towards the window and fighting each other for more light. Well, the spot where i put them was not completely in direct sunlight, but it did enough damage. Half of my seedlings have shriveled and are bending down, and the other half do not look like they are in the greatest shape but they look like they are holding up. Is there anything i can do to save them? Will they recover? These guys are only about 2 weeks old.

Thank You,

Bobby


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RE: Sun exposed seedlings

I pulled one of them up, and the root seemed fine, but from the leaves to about half way down the stem they are dead. If I were to snip them, would they recover?


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RE: Sun exposed seedlings

That's a hard lesson to learn!

Leave them a while and see if they get new growth below the dead part. If you cut them off now they won't survive at all with no leaves. The stem may not be completely dead and have enough alive to get nutrients.


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