Surviving, but not thriving veggies - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by davisalyssa
June 30, 2010
I bought several vegetable plants about a month ago and they have not grown. They are green, but my corn that I grew from seeds at the same time is taller than my plants. I am using manure and want to try organic alternatives.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Sometimes transplant shock can set growth back, although a month should be time for things to pick up. How's your soil fertility? Nitrogen is an essential nutrient to produce healthy green foliage. Most vegetables are heavy nitrogen consumers and benefit from a side dressing of nitrogen during the growing season. Use a water-soluble form or lightly scratch granular fertilizers into the soil near the plant, taking care not to injure roots. Organic nitrogen sources include alfalfa meal, blood meal, cottonseed meal, fish emulsion and guano. Compost and compost tea also provide nitrogen in varying amounts. Be sure your plants aren't stressed for water. A layer of organic matter, such as compost, can help retain moisture and add nutrients as it breaks down. Don't apply fresh manure, which will be too "hot" and may burn plants. Also, you didn't mention what vegetables you planted. Were they warm-season veggies, such as vining crops? They would likely recover faster than cool-season crops, such as lettuces. I hope this info helps.

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