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Use Straws for Leggy Seedlings

By Gymgirl
February 20, 2012

Put a straw sleeve around leggy seedlings, to prop them up to the light. They'll strengthen up in no time!

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Feb 19, 2012 6:01 PM CST
That's an excellent tip! Thumbs up
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Feb 19, 2012 6:14 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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Weedwhacker
Feb 19, 2012 6:43 PM CST
How do you get the straw on the seedling? Slit it and then put it around the plant?
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Feb 19, 2012 10:50 PM CST
I was wondering the same thing.
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Feb 20, 2012 5:04 AM CST
I agree

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nchiker88
Feb 20, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Great tip! I have a seedling I can try this on right now... Smiling Must have to cut a slit in the straw to get it on the seedling, and this will help later when you'll eventually want to take the straw off the plant.
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wildflowers
Feb 20, 2012 1:23 PM CST
I agree I bet it is slit up the length of the straw.

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Feb 20, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Pretty ingenious! Hurray!
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crittergarden
Feb 21, 2012 12:42 PM CST
Use a clear straw and pop the seed right in it!

Oh where were you when I was struggling with my peppers???

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Weedwhacker
Feb 22, 2012 7:56 AM CST
crittergarden said:Use a clear straw and pop the seed right in it!


Sorry, I just don't see how this would work -- to cut a slit in the straw and place it over a tender seedling would be really time consuming and I think it would be all too likely to injure the seedling. If you just planted within the straw, what happens as the plant grows bigger? No way to pull it straight off without stripping the leaves, and my peppers and tomatoes develop stems that would be too large to stay in the straw indefinitely, so removing it would require major surgery (during which I'm pretty sure I would lose most of my patients, if not patience!)

Unless there is some other way of doing it that i am just not understanding... Confused

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crittergarden
Mar 1, 2012 12:09 PM CST
I didn't think about pulling it off.
BUT you could slit it, then seed right in it, and THEN use the slit to get it off.
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Gymgirl
Mar 26, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Just popping in. Yes, split the straw vertically and slip it over the stem. Remember, this is an EMERGENCY method, and necessity was the mother of this invention. I just didn't know what else to use, and the more I stared at that drooping seedling, the more I thought, and voila! Prop it up in a straw-sleeve and see what happens.

It certainly wasn't going to hurt that leggy seedling any more than damping off because the stem was crimping.

And, yes, it takes some nimble fingers to maneuver the sleeve and the stem without causing injury. Again, what's to be lost? Actually, if you bend the straw open after you split it, and hold it open a minute, it'll give you some time before it wants to resume its curve again. Just enough to stand the seedling upright and slip the sleeve over...

I did not intend to plant a seedling in this sleeve. Light, air circulation, and watering considerations would come into play....

Hugs!

Linda

P.S. They ALL made it! And, of course, if you put the light on them from the beginning, there'll be no need for this tip! I tip my hat to you.
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Mar 26, 2012 6:12 PM CST
They all made it? Congrats! Hurray!
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Gymgirl
Jul 9, 2012 7:56 AM CST
Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
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Gymgirl
Aug 21, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Thanks, so much, LOL!

I've come a looooooooooooooooooooooooooong way since that tip! Hurray!

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