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I have twice now tried to grow cabbage from seed with only limited success.The first batch were sown in cells then thinned to one plant per cell.All was going well,the seed leaves appeared no problems then all of a sudden the leaves shriveled and then the complete seedling collapsed.The second batch went the same way but I planted them in a tray.They were not in a propogater just in the cells and trays then into the greenhouse.Red drum head and greyhound are the varieties.This only happens to my cabbages,all my other seedlings are fine.I am being told to buy them as plug plants,but I am determined to get it right,more satisfying when you grow from seed.....or is that just me?
I've just now planted out my cabbages (greyhound). I also put them in trays to start out, but I did not thin out or touch them in anyway, only uprooting them to plant into the ground. Maybe they are being handled too often with root disturbance?
Did you use seed compost or ordinary multi purpose?The second batch I tried I didnt thin out until the seedlings went wrong.The ones in the tray have been a complete disaster no survivors!
I used multi-purpose. I must say that last year, my Brussels Sprouts seedlings went the same way - doing well, then just collapsed. I was told to put them in a deeper tray for the roots to grow, which I did this year, and I have just planted all of them out this week. There is nothing that I can say really of what has gone wrong with your cabbage seedings!! A mystery indeed!!
I will try with seed compost and then if it goes wrong again I will buy some root trainer cells to see if it is the depth of compost that is the problem.This happened to me last year aswell but I am new to growing my own so I put it down to not knowing what I was doing,obviously learnt nothing in a year!!
I use disposable plastic drinking cups and 3/4 fill with general purpose composting soil. 1 seed per tub. Water a little,frequently,keep in the green house. No problems. Have just planted out into their final postions.
Why use a seed tray then a pot and then into their final postion.
Least disturbance for any plant is better!!
I know you use more composting soil but it does get the results you want.
Hope this helps?
Thanks for all your replys,I have planted some more seeds into cardboard toilet roll middles then I can plant them with no root disturbance at all as they will break down in the soil.
Thanks again Keith.
Be sure not to over water. We all have a tendancy to water too much. Summer sqaush and cucumbers damp off quickly also.