I find this to be true with squashes and similar plants. It could be something to do with recovering from transplant shock, or just "finding their way" into the soil.sheeshshe wrote:that makes sense about the root growth. perhaps they're working on their roots and getting a nice root system down and then they'll go POOOOOF! and surprise me with tons of new growth soon
Whenever I transplant squashes and melons, they do absolutely _nothing_ for about two weeks, then grow slowly until their total ground coverage reaches about ~2' in diameter, and then the growth really starts to accelerate. And then you can't stop them!
Per jal_ut's suggestion I direct-sowed all my pumpkins this year; I'll keep notes and see if they suffer a similar "pause" at the 2-3 true leaf stage.
I think there's merit to his argument, because every time I've transplanted potted squashes or melons (whether purchased or sown myself into starter pots) they're always root-bound by the time I transplant them.
The zukes I bought from Home Depot this year were a perfect example. When I peeled off the peat pot, all I saw was white; I couldn't see any dirt at all because the roots had grown up against the pot and completely "coated" the inside. No doubt the roots had a really hard time growing straight out into the soil after such a difficult incubation.