yonnielovesveggies
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arugula/wild rocket looking thin and limp. help!

Hi guys

I'm a newbie to gardening. My first batch of arugula and wild rocket was looking good - contrary to expectations, they germinated.

Then when the sprouts got to about an inch tall, I thinned them out so there's not more than 1 - 2 sprouts per inch cell. Instead of cutting to thin them, I transplanted. I've put them in the south facing window, I've misted them about 3 times a day. They're looking alive - that is, they're still green and haven't dried out.

But only barely. They look spindly and limp and none are standing tall. Instead all the sprouts are wanting to lay down. The leaves are still tiny (but green), and only a very tiny set of first true leaves have appeared. There doesn't seem to have been any change in the appearance of these sprouts for days.

Is this time for patience? or do I need to intervene to help the little guys?

Any wisdom on this matter would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
Yonnie

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Give them a week to 10 days after transplant before you get concerned, it takes time for them to recover that is why most of us just snip off the unwanted plants rather than disturb the roots.

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OK. I'll do that. Thanks!

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damping off

But quit misting so much! Your seedlings could be getting damped off, which is a fungal condition that seedlings are vulnerable to in conditions of too much moisture and humidity and not enough air circulation.

Here's a thread that has some pictures of it (and a link to more). Seedlings lying flat on the soil is usually a sign of that.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=222417#222417
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Oh dear... the horror! Yes - the rocket looks exactly like the images posted.

Thanks Rainbowgardener.

So how often do you mist your seedlings indoors? I suppose it depends on variables like heat and sun I suppose. Is once a day generally enough in the early morning if it isn't very hot?

Thanks very much again.

Yonnie

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We have a whole forum on seed starting, do some browsing there for more info on how to do this.

Personally I never mist seedlings and I only water from the bottom. That is the little cells or pots the seedlings are in sit in trays. I pour a little water in the bottom of the tray and let the soil soak/wick it up.

I will mist adult houseplants, but seedlings are too vulnerable. If it is damping off, I'm afraid any of your plants that are lying flat are goners. You can only prevent damping off, not cure it.

You can type damping off into the Search the Forum Keyword box and find lots written here about it and how to prevent it.
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Thankyou for the wealth of info Rainbow! Much appreciated!

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