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Post  jymarino 5/10/2011, 12:21 pm

I just looked at the garden, which is growning like crazy I might add, and one of the broccoli plants is leaning a little bit. It isn't cut or anything, and we'll be putting collars on them all later today. Will the collars alone give enough support? Do I need more MM, (or my amended version, please don't yell at me I just couldn't do the real stuff this year.)? Will more "soil" give it enough support? It kind of looks like the roots are starting to pop out a little so I am confused. Thanks.
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Post  Furbalsmom 5/10/2011, 2:49 pm

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When I planted my broccoli, I did put them a bit deeper in the soil than they were in their seedling trays.
I would not suggest burying them to the first set of leaves, but if you have roots showing, you certainly need to cover those up.
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Post  quiltbea 5/10/2011, 3:02 pm

jy....
I, too, transplant mine a little deeper than in the pot, maybe an inch or two.

Now that yours is already in the garden, I'd find a 2-litre soda bottle and cut a 4" circle out of it. Put the circle around the plant and jam it into the soil an inch or more and fill inside the circle with garden soil. That will give it support and it will also provide a nice well so when you water your plant, it gets right where its most needed, around the stem and down into the roots.

To deter cutworms, stick 2 or 3 toothpicks in the soil right up against the stem on either side and bury them halfway into the soil.

Good luck. I hope it all works out for you, whatever you do.
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Post  jymarino 5/10/2011, 4:29 pm

Thanks guys!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner 5/10/2011, 5:48 pm

I had the same problem earlier this spring. I tried to stake the little guy, but it turned out to be a half-azzed attempt. So, I just let it go. You know what? It made a right angle and stood up on it's own. It sure looks funny, but the wind can't knock that guy over if it tries...lol.
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