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Leggy Courgette Seedlings

Hello gardeners ... 2 questions here!  I sowed Courgette Tricolour on 26 March and they germinated indoors after 5 days.  They've been behaving, on a south facing windowsill, behind a net curtain and with a tinfoil reflector shield, but after the last couple of dull, cloudy days they've become very leggy.  So ... can I pot them on and bury the stems? Also, is it too early to move them into an unheated greenhouse, where they'd get a better balance of light?   Many thanks.

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  • SkylarksSkylarks Posts: 379
    Mine have been moved to bigger pots and are outside as it’s quite warm here. I’ve been putting mine in a cold frame at night if the temperature is forecast to be below 7c. They seem to be doing well.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,860
    edited April 2020
    Yes, pot them on, bury the stems, then put them in the greenhouse during the daytime and bring them indoors at night. 

    It’s what we do with our tender seedlings at this time of year ... division of labour ... after supper OH washes up and I bring the seedlings indoors and out them on the dining table ... they go out again in the morning after two coffees .... mine, not theirs 😂 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Thanks, Dove! Yes, I put them in the greenhouse during the day, and brought them indoors last night.  New ritual taking hold. I potted them on, but stopped short of burying the stems. Instead they each have their own little tripod of bamboo skewers keeping them upright. They already look happier. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,860
    Got to love a happy courgette seedling 🌱 😘 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,860
    edited April 2020
    Next time you pot them on or plant them out Id bury the stem up to the first leaf 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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