Botany/horticulture students, I beg for your attention!!!
Hello and good morning!
I am in a bit of a panic this morning, and need some answers! I have a post on the Professional topics forum that has gone unanswered, except for a very helpful email sent to me from a very busy nursery owner. My post is entitled "Pro Growers, two minutes of your time please". I know at this time of year, everyone is busy, so I thought I'd enlist the help of some students, or ANYONE who may know how to help.
If someone would please read that post of mine and respond to that and another question I will post here, I would appreciate you greatly!
After reading that post, please consider the added fears I have now. If my plants are now a whole month behind in growing leaves, do I have reason to believe that there will be a permanant stunting in these plants? Or can they still grow to mature the same as if there were no delay in leaf development? I remember discussing with someone once about conserving very tiny seedlings of Wax Begonias. Rather than just tossing the tiny seedlings left in a flat of fully developed ones, I transplanted those as well, and grew them on successfully, but they were much smaller than the more developed ones. However, they had begun to flower at the same time as the more developed plants. Someone had said that those tiny plants would probably not grow and mature as the larger plants would. I remember growing the tiny plants, but I ended up tossing them simply because I had no need for them, I really had just wanted to see if a seeling so small would still grow okay. These "seedlings" still had yet to fully form the first sets of leaves.
Is this information correct? Will a plant, grown from seed, that begins to flower when it is only at the 3 or 4 leaf stage, not grow to the size it is expected to grow? Will my petunias that were sown at the end of January, and were transplanted 4 weeks later, but another 4 weeks later still only have 3 or 4 sets of leaves, grow to mature at the size they are intended to??? My petunias are not dieing, they are just sitting there! Jeff, the nursery owner here who helped me, has the theory that the plants are simply developing roots at this stage. But still, after 4 weeks, shouldnt I have seen more significant leaf growth?
I do hope that I am explaining myself clearly here! I appreciate anyone who takes the time to give their information.