Yellow leaves on transplants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gordonbendal
April 4, 2010
We planted brocolli and the seedlings have yellow leaves. The soil was wet when we planted. Should we water with some Miracle Grow when the soil dries out?

Answer from NGA
April 4, 2010


The yellow leaves are a direct result of soggy soils. When soils remain wet for extended periods of time air is excluded and plant roots can actually suffocate. The best thing for you to do at this point is just to wait for the soil to dry out. Before watering, dig down a little to make sure it is not still soggy wet in the root zone. When the soil is still slightly damp an inch below the soil surface you can safely water. Fertilizer won't make the yellow leaves green up again but will help your broccoli grow. Go ahead and feed your plants next time you water and you'll seed some healthy new leaves on your plants within a few weeks. Enjoy your broccolli!

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