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Seed Germination: Savory seedlings - summer vs winter

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

March 5, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #7606787

I sowed both types of savory seeds for the first time and wanted to ask a question. Both were sown the same day, received the same amount of light and water (they're sharing a container) and both have sprouted. The summer savory is waaaay more leggy than the winter savory which looks pretty good (not leggy). Is this normal? The winter savory is ready to be transplanted out of it's communal container but I wasn't sure about the summer version. Do I bury it deeper or should it be allowed to "drape" over the containers?
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2010
7:17 AM

Post #7608328

I am not sure if you should bury it deeper, the only thing I know you can bury deeper is tomatoes. I just wanted to say I am having the same experience with the Savory being leggy. I didn't start winter savory but I did grow a different marjoram and a few other herbs and the Summer Savory is the only one that is tall and leggy and they are all growing in the same conditions so I think it is probably normal for them. My plan is to direct sow some when there isn't danger of frost so that way if the ones I started indoors don't work out well, I'll have the direct sown ones.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

March 6, 2010
8:46 AM

Post #7608481

I normally keep herbs in pots since I have mostly shade. Then I can move them around as needed to get some sun. They were all growing under lights too so it shouldn't have been for lack of light. I'm just not sure how to pot them up since they are so leggy.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #7608685

Maybe you could direct sow some in the pot you want to grow them? Hopefully someone else will know if you can bury them deeper when repotting and chime in soon. :) Good luck.
trc65
Galesburg, IL

March 6, 2010
2:40 PM

Post #7609086

Cindy, Legginess could also be caused by too much warmth. Once I have everything germinated, I try to keep all of them between 60-65 degrees until I can start to move them outside (Except my begonias which I keep a little warmer). I don't know about savory in particular, but when I transplant I usually bury all the seedlings up to the first set of leaves especially if any plant is leggy.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

March 6, 2010
3:28 PM

Post #7609182

Bury it up to true leaves?
trc65
Galesburg, IL

March 6, 2010
3:45 PM

Post #7609212

Bury to cotyledon leaves if they are still green, otherwise bury to true leaves if cotyledons have died and dropped off.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

March 6, 2010
4:24 PM

Post #7609274

I'll give that a shot. Thanks for the advice!

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