Crispy tomato seedlings

ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))April 2, 2014

I had seeded my toms to early and asked here how to slow them down..... well I solved my planting to early problem..
By forgetting to water one day... it made the leaves CRISPY .
I figured they would wilt but crisping was a surprise .

I potted up the survivors took off the crispy leaves and went from 6 flats to 2. SIGH

I grow them for a plant sale I do to benefit Children;s hospital in Boston so any loss is a big deal.

Here is a link that might be useful: My blog

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sorry to hear about the losses but IME seedlings don't turn "crispy" by just forgetting to water one day. They may wilt, sure, but then perk back up once watered assuming that it hasn't been many days without watering.

The crispy leaves would indicate to me that something else was seriously wrong. Crispy leaves usually indicates to me over heating in some form - excess sun exposure, high ambient air temps. excess heat from supplemental lights, etc. combined with not enough water and very dry air.

In other words the moisture in the leaves has to evaporate for them to turn crispy. That can happen very quickly with root bound plants that have little to no air circulation. Any possibility of other factors?


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ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))

They seemed to be rootbound, could have more airfllow.and they werepretty close to the lights

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 11:15AM
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