Vegetables and Fruit forum: Help on my Vegetable and Fruit Seedlings Plants

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lottierifah
May 8, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Please I need some assistance, it's my first time growing vegetables and fruits from seeds.

I attached here the photo of my cucumber seedling plant, now the leaves looks like it's getting some kind of sickness which I am not familiar with, I hope someone could help me.

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Then this next photo is my melon/cantaloupe seedling plant, why does the stalks and leaves elongate out of proportion? I hope you could give me some tips.

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Thank you very much in advance.

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mom2goldens
May 8, 2017 8:43 PM CST
Hi, Lottie;
We may need a little more information to best help you figure out what's going on. Are your plants indoors or outside? Are you watering from the top or bottom?

In your first picture, it only looks as if the cotyledons (seed leaves) are yellowing. It's not unusual for these to yellow/fall off plants once they start to grow additional leaves. The little spots on one of the larger leaves could be due to too much light, or having water on the leaves in the sunlight.

In your second photo, it doesn't look that bad. It may be getting a little "leggy" if not getting enough light. How soon will you be planting these?

Linda

lottierifah
May 8, 2017 9:12 PM CST
Hi Linda,

Thank you very much for your response. I live in Toronto, Canada and it's still cold in here so I started growing my seedlings indoor last month with the house temperature kept at 65-68Β° Fahrenheit. I water my seedlings plants on a tray from bottom and I don't let them sit on the water. I kept them air dry, I have tried using a small air fan nearby them to help circulate the air but it knocked over one of my seedlings plant so I stopped using air fan. I also use grow light and expose the plants for about 12 hours per day.

I am thinking of planting them outside once the weather outside is nice and more forgiving because lately it felt like winter wind is still blowing outside.

Actually the plant with spots have it all over the cotyledon part and the big leaves so I am getting worried about that. I attached another photo may be a better look. 😊


Looking forward for your advice.

Thank you very much.

mom2goldens said:Hi, Lottie;
We may need a little more information to best help you figure out what's going on. Are your plants indoors or outside? Are you watering from the top or bottom?

In your first picture, it only looks as if the cotyledons (seed leaves) are yellowing. It's not unusual for these to yellow/fall off plants once they start to grow additional leaves. The little spots on one of the larger leaves could be due to too much light, or having water on the leaves in the sunlight.

In your second photo, it doesn't look that bad. It may be getting a little "leggy" if not getting enough light. How soon will you be planting these?

Linda



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Yardenman
May 9, 2017 3:36 AM CST
I may be missing something, but they look OK to me. You might go to 14-16 of indoor light though. They might benefit with some 1/2 strength fertilizer in the water like a 2-6-6 for root and stem growth...
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May 9, 2017 5:34 AM CST
I agree with the above information and if I might add, the new growth on the cucumber vine looks great.
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Newyorkrita
May 9, 2017 9:43 AM CST
They look pretty good to me also.

Leggy seedlings simply need more light.
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Philipwonel
May 9, 2017 10:27 AM CST
More lite 16 hrs a day. Lite needs to be 1 to 1 1/2 inches above plants. If bulbs burn to hot, then put as close as possible.
Fan should be on from beginning, helps build sturdy stems. Put fan back on. As much as it dosent blow them over. It dosent take much. Say like a gentle breeze. If too leggy, put in deeper pots to support. You may want to put them all to bigger pots right now , if its goning to be some time before you plant them outdoors.
Yellow leaves could be.... Need more lite. A little to much water. Need 1/4 stenght fertilizer. Thumbs up
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Gymgirl
May 9, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Remember, these plants love the HEAT.... Rolling my eyes.
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mom2goldens
May 9, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I agree with others that seedlings like about 16 hours of light per day.

Don't give up on your fan--just don't point it directly at the plants. If you can aim it up a bit to avoid the plants but keep the air circulating that is ideal.

Start using some fertilizer, but no more than 1/4 strength for seedlings.

You may actually be a little early to have planted squash and melon seedlings. I don't plant mine more than 4 weeks before ready to transplant outdoors. If you are more time away than that, make sure you keep fertilizing carefully and keeping good light going.
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Weedwhacker
May 9, 2017 7:08 PM CST
I agree with all of the above -- longer periods of light, maybe started a bit early; I haven't started my cukes and squash and such yet. Random little spots on leaves aren't uncommon, usually nothing to worry about. I think in Toronto you'll probably be able to put them out before too long... hang in there! Smiling
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