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Vegetable Gardening: What To Do With Spindly Transplants

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Flower Mound, TX

August 26, 2010
2:45 PM

Post #8063732

Started seed trays of chard and kale 3-4 weeks ago. Many have come up, but a good portion of them appear to be rather spindly and barely able to support the weight of the expanding leaves. My raised beds are ready and the temps here in Dallas are dropping (it's all relative).

Should I attempt to plant the spindly specimens, and if so, do I plant them up to the leaves?

If not, I guess I could direct sow more seeds. Just want to give the best chance for a good crop.

Thanks -



SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2010
3:03 PM

Post #8063761

If the temps are still wavering on the warm side, I'd probably pot em up to 16 oz cups probably up to their leaves. If you plant them out in the heat, they're gonners for sure...unless you can keep them covered and misted...

Or, just direct sow some more...

That's my take on in...
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #8063838

Spindly greens are not a problem. As they mature their height will adjust.

Chard and kale are pretty heat resistant provided they have afternoon shade. Give them time to adjust to the heat and then set them out.


Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 8, 2010
11:29 AM

Post #8087354

It is good that you didn't plant your transplants outside ... today they would have been washed away by the rain ... like my lettuce bed did ... ouch ...

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