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Post  jjocsak on 4/4/2014, 5:45 am

I've noticed this not only in starting Swiss Chard but also direct seeding in the garden.
The plants are healthy but at the base (falling over) seems they are not supporting the plant very well.
As you can see from the pics the Chard is doing well but falling over.
In the same flat the Kale is doing quite well.
So I am giving them plenty of light, water and heat.

My guess is that I did not plant the seed deep enough. (Planted 1/4 " deep)
What do you think?





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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  camprn on 4/4/2014, 7:12 am

As it grows larger the plant will gain strength and girth. When you transplant it just bury it a little deeper that the current soil level.

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/4/2014, 7:31 am

If I'm not in error, I believe swiss chard is one of those plants that do not take well with transplanting.
I planted 18 yesterday, wasn't happy about it.
From here on I'll plant seeds.
Last year when I was building my beds I removed some swiss chard plants.
It had a root system that went down18 inches, I was amazed at that.
1 main stalk, ( tap root) doing down with smaller side shoots, shoulda took a pic...

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Post  jjocsak on 4/4/2014, 7:39 am

@camprn wrote:As it grows larger the plant will gain strength and girth. When you transplant it just bury it a little deeper that the current soil level.

That's what I did last year in the garden.
Just was wondering if I planted the seed deep enough.

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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  jjocsak on 4/4/2014, 7:40 am

@jimmy cee wrote:If I'm not in error, I believe swiss chard is one of those plants that do not take well with transplanting.
I planted 18 yesterday, wasn't happy about it.
From here on I'll plant seeds.
Last year when I was building my beds I removed some swiss chard plants.
It had a root system that went down18 inches, I was amazed at that.
1 main stalk, ( tap root) doing down with smaller side shoots, shoulda took a pic...

Yea mine did well last year as well.
Once they get going they just don't stop.

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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  CapeCoddess on 4/4/2014, 8:58 am

@jjocsak wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:If I'm not in error, I believe swiss chard is one of those plants that do not take well with transplanting.
I planted 18 yesterday, wasn't happy about it.
From here on I'll plant seeds.
Last year when I was building my beds I removed some swiss chard plants.
It had a root system that went down18 inches, I was amazed at that.
1 main stalk, ( tap root) doing down with smaller side shoots, shoulda took a pic...

Yea mine did well last year as well.
Once they get going they just don't stop.

Jeff

This is my experience also. So I plant seeds at the same time that I transplant limp seedlings. Some of the seedlings will take and supply me with the chard that I need until the seeds sprout and can supply some more.

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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  jimmy cee on 4/4/2014, 12:31 pm

CC, great idea, why didn't I think of that.
Running out to garden now....

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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  camprn on 4/4/2014, 12:40 pm

@jjocsak wrote:
@camprn wrote:As it grows larger the plant will gain strength and girth. When you transplant it just bury it a little deeper that the current soil level.

That's what I did last year in the garden.
Just was wondering if I planted the seed deep enough.

Jeff
Naw, they always look like that.

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Re: Question on Swiss Chard transplants

Post  sanderson on 4/4/2014, 5:23 pm

Jeff, My seedlings always look like that, but they transplant very well, The slant doesn't seem to affect the upper parts, which grow upright. The tap roots are amazing.

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