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Q.Basil Seedlings No First Set of Leaves

Anonymous added on March 22, 2014 | Answered

I have basil started in my basement. Some of the seedlings have either germinated without their first set of leaves or they have been eaten by something. I have been starting seedlings for our farm for many years. This is the first time I have ever had this happen. Any ideas?

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Answered on March 22, 2014

Is it only a stem poking through or does it have what appears to be a helmet on the top. This commonly happens, which prevent the leaves from opening up. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/seed-coat-stuck.htm

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