Brocolli wilting under fluo lights?

pushindirt(z8 OR)December 23, 2007

This is baffling. I brought in one of my broccoli seedlings from the Greenhouse and put it under my new fluo light setup. in 2 days it started wilting and turning yellow. Now the tips of the leaves are brown. Is it the heat, the light or both? The room is about 70 degs. the lights are about 3" from the plant. What's going on? I brought it in because after 2 months in the GH it was only about 2" tall. I thought it would be happy. I was wrong!


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I would do a post mortem. Examine the roots, did they get overwatered and drown? They ought to be happy with what you describe. Paul Mozarowski.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2007 at 1:12AM
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pushindirt(z8 OR)

I did water it, but not that much I thought, And it has gotten no water since. Is wilt a symptom of overwatering?

    Bookmark   December 24, 2007 at 7:32PM
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I'm not sure, but I imagine if they're wilting, this means either the leaves are losing water (heat stress), or they're not getting enough water (soil too dry, or roots unable to take it up). By a process of elimination, I arrived at "roots not being able to take it up" which means dead roots - is something eating the root ( insect pest) or is the root rotting (fungal disease). I guessed it might be a fungus, which thrives when it's too wet, but the other possibility is a soil pest eating the root. This calls for a post-mortem autopsy of the plant, with examination of the root to try to sort it out. I'm not a plant expert, but that's the best I can do. No one else seems to be contributing, so I thought I'd give it a go. Paul Mozarowski.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2007 at 9:42PM
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pushindirt(z8 OR)

Okay, I pinched off the wilted leaves, moved the lights up slightly. It appears to be making a comeback. I'll monitor it closely and see.
Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 3:00AM
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