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16/05/2013 at 15:49

I put my cucumber, tomato, courgette, pepper and some other tender seedlings outside today to soak up the lovely sunshine. I went to fetch my daughter from school, and we had a sudden bout of heavy rain and hailstones.......

 

The seedlings are saturated. Please tell me they're not toast

16/05/2013 at 16:00

Bring back inside and let them dry out a bit and see what happens.Are you growing them in a greenhouse?if so you don,t need to put them outside at all..

16/05/2013 at 16:02

Poor babies....are the pots standing in trays? if so take them out and empty any residual water. If they were being kept in a GH then pop them back in on the staging so that excess water can drain out. You can tell if they're too wet by picking up the pots...once the weight goes down a bit you can stand them back in the trays....

Hopefully once they're somewhere warm and dry the excess will evaporate off...of course if they're swimming you might be better off repotting but that seems a waste unless you have shedloads of spare compost. Plants are pretty resilient...a lot depends on how well grown they are. Some of my mine were battered by rain and hail over the weekend but they've recovered.

16/05/2013 at 16:28

It's the cucumbers that I'm most worried about.... This is the first year that I've managed to get them to the two-true-leaf stage (they've all been victims of damping off in the past

16/05/2013 at 17:55

As the others say, get them under cover and drain them off - have they got decent drain holes in the base of their little pots?  You can top dress with a little dry vermiculite or such, that helps to mop up the extra water.  Provided they are not actually knee deep in water, but just in vrey wet compost, given a few hours draining, plus no water until they get light weight again, they shoud do.

infuriating isn't it!!!

16/05/2013 at 20:47

I've brought them back in the house, and stood them on top of the telly. Fingers crossed !

16/05/2013 at 23:38

On top of the telly does not spring to mind as the best place to let them dry out.

If the dinning room gets some sun, on the table might be better or a bright spare bedroom, on the window ledge.

17/05/2013 at 06:38

I was just thinking that the top of the telly is warm. I stood the plants on saucers, don't worry hhhehehehe

There are my six cucumber plants on there, the other seedlings are on the dining and living room windowsills. 

Everything still appears to be alive, and nothing has flopped. I reckon the sweetcorn has grown an inch over night.

Maybe I'll just just sing to them and hope for the best..... or not

17/05/2013 at 06:43

Well, sweetcorn does need quite a bit of water   

Glad the plants are surviving.

17/05/2013 at 07:39

Touch wood

 

It'd be just my luck to assume they're OK, and to come down in a few mornings from now to find they've all croaked.

17/05/2013 at 07:40

We've all got our fingers crossed for you 

17/05/2013 at 07:41

But what a life they will have had,indoor with television on demand!.

17/05/2013 at 07:42

One way to guarantee that they will survive is to sow another batch - it always works for me and I end up with twice as many as I need 

17/05/2013 at 07:45

I was thinkig about doing that, but to be honest, I've promised myself every year that if I lose ONE MORE BATCH of cucumbers, I shall NEVER attempt them again........ But then I do say that every year lol

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