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Damaged cotyledons

B3B3 Posts: 27,284
edited May 2022 in Plants
My husband is taking part in a who can grow the tallest sunflower competition. I think they're gross but there you go😒
Anyway, many of his seedlings have emerged with damaged or warped cotyledons ( it wasn't me. I promise)
Does this bode ill for the emerging true leaves? Is the plant likely to be unhealthy?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    I wonder if he has tried to pull the seed casing off it,  that can damage those leaves, some do come up with the casing attached.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,284
    Possibly @Lyn. I suppose the plants will be ok then😒
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,408
    As long as the seed leaves aren't completely broken off and the growing point between them isn't damaged, they should be fine.
    Stuck seed casings are best left alone even though it's sooooooo hard to resist the temptation to pick at them (like scabs :D). I sometimes just gently dampen them with water to soften them up and make it easier for the plant to push off as the seed leaves expand.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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