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Name: Alex
Galloway, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Spocktopus
May 1, 2018 3:06 PM CST
In an act of absolute idiocy, I have managed to crush all but two of my pumpkin plants. Thankfully, the crushing only caused the stems to bend, but not to break in half. I'm still horrified that I've went and killed all my seedlings in one fell swoop, though. I made splints out of tape and toothpicks for the seedlings I could salvage (two didn't make it) and I'm just wondering if there is anything at all I can do to make survival more probable? Should I water them, give them sun, anything new? Or should I cut my losses? Any feedback is highly appreciated!

Attached picture shows one of the splints I made (later added a support toothpick to keep the stem at a natural angle) and an example of the kind of damage caused.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 2, 2018 3:21 PM CST
If they didn't break, they will grow.
Tape is going to strangle them.

As young, and yellow as they look, ya my's well start again. Put outside in full sun, in day, bring inside if to cold at nite.👍👍
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 2, 2018 3:46 PM CST
By bending like that, the stem has suffered some internal damage. Sometimes they survive and sometimes they don't. I would start over too.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 2, 2018 4:26 PM CST
I third that. With this weeks heat, soil is warming nicely. If you have full sun, you might just plant out right now- they'll be much stronger.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
May 2, 2018 4:26 PM CST
happens to the best of us!
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 2, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Spocktopus,

I also agree to cut your losses and plant them in the sun so they will green up for you. I have had many accidents. Nearly falling and mushing a plant, having six packs in my trunk and must have turned too quickly and they bumped together, those edges are like razor blades so they cut whatever hangs over.

Don't be too hard on yourself!!! You did try to splint them. That was nice.

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 3, 2018 6:08 AM CST
I agree, start over with new seed and plant them outside in the sun. Your original plants were not getting enough light and they are very pale in color.

But good for you adding the splint. My plant friend in Thailand once had a wind-damaged sunflower bend in half, she splinted it (she used wood and string, the string to be re-tied as the plant grew) and her plant was saved.
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