Winter Brassicas - brittle leaves & wavy stems

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JoyPegs

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Winter Brassicas - brittle leaves & wavy stems
« on: September 16, 2023, 09:13 »
Can anyone tell me if I have a soil deficiency or if Iíve neglected my brassicas in some way?  I am late lifting the initial lower net after planting, so they were all straining against it a bit (in case that has impacted them) but I noticed that some stems look as though they have grown over sideways & then grown up again.  Also - as I reached in amongst them to weed in between, leaves were brittle & snapping really easily.  Apart from that they look healthy & are a good size.  Should I have planted them deeper?  Do they need an Epsom spray perhaps?

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Re: Winter Brassicas - brittle leaves & wavy stems
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2023, 13:14 »
Yes the leaf stems are very brittle, I end up doing that too. I wouldn't worry, as long as the growing tip at the top is ok they'll be fine.

Also my sprouting broccoli will have bendy stems, they look odd but it doesn't matter

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Re: Winter Brassicas - brittle leaves & wavy stems
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2023, 08:03 »
Oh thank you for reassuring me - they are a mixture of purple sprouting, brussels & red cabbage & they all looked a lot happier with more space to stretch yesterday 🥰 .  Iíve also seen a few posts here about planting seedlings deeper - up to their 1st set of leaves - so will bear that in mind for future plantings.  Thanks again.



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