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Q.Limp plants

Zone Richfield, MN | Gardener312 added on May 20, 2018 | Answered

I recently started a small vegetable garden. I take very good care of it – feed it weekly and water daily with room temp water. However, my basil and romaine lettuce are going limp. Will they right themselves, or is there anything I need to adjust in my care?

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Answered on May 20, 2018

The blue pot is too small to sustain enough root growth. Maybe you have plans to pot it up soon. It could be that daily watering is too much, especially since water will stand in the saucers under the plants. Weekly feeding may be too much as well but as long as you are following instructions on the label, it may be OK. You have toddler sized plants so you don't want to give them an adult dose of fertilizer. When you repot the blue one, see if the soil is wet; it should be damp but not soaked. Underwatering and overwatering cause the plant to wilt. Water when the top inch of soil is bone dry. That said, if you are in a hot climate and those are terra cotta pots, they can dry out very quickly. They can also allow the sun to overheat the roots. You covering the pot in aluminum foil to reflect heat from the sun . Repost if these suggestions don't help.

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