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radishes, carrots, lettuce not growing

Posted by jardinerowa 10 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 20:58


So I do mostly container gardening here in the San Diego area and as it is "winter" I thought I would try radishes (scarlet something?) and carrots in containers.
They all germinated and I thinned the radishes but it's been like almost a month and the radishes just have their first tiny true leaves and the cotyledons are not as green as they were. These were supposed to be harvested in 25 days?
The carrots are all up but no true leaves yet. The lettuce are up and some have true leaves.
I'm just wondering what I am doing wrong. We have 40s to 50s at night with 60s in the day occasionaly 50s during the day.
We've had a lot of rain, but when I planted them it was really nice weather. Any ideas?
I'm going to start another batch with different soil to see if that will help. It just is frustrating!

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RE: radishes, carrots, lettuce not growing

  • Posted by catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 22:25

The plants need full sun exposure. My guess is they are not getting enough direct sun.

RE: radishes, carrots, lettuce not growing

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 12:28

I also wonder if they are getting enough nutrients. I would give them a shot of N and see if they perk up.

That said, I have had some things just sit there as well this year because of the cold.

RE: radishes, carrots, lettuce not growing

Thanks for the responses! They were getting full sun during the day in their containers but I moved them to a spot where they should get even 2-3 more hours of sun to see if that helps.
I also wonder if the soil they are in is not nutrient rich enough and will fertilize them soon once it warms up slightly.

RE: radishes, carrots, lettuce not growing

Hmmm.... just past the cotyledon stage, they shouldn't really need that much nutrition. I'd guess more of a sunlight or soil texture issue. Is the soil fine and fluffy or dense, heavy?

While I doubt it's lack of nitrogen at this stage, no harm in feeding them lightly. (I'd sprinkle liberally with coffee grounds and water in).

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