Starting seeds inside

HowardWeatherly(5)April 1, 2012

Folks, My wife and I usually start seeds outside but I decided to try getting a head start this year and have a question regarding the seedlings. It seems when they sprout up the new leaves are to heavy for the stems (about 2 - 3") and the plant seems not strong enough to pick itself up. Am I planting the seeds too shallow or should I stake the stems? (Tomatoes, Kale, Brocoli The lettuce seems to be doing great!

TIA Howard

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lgteacher(SCal)

The stems are lanky because they grow toward the light. Having a light a few inches above the seedlings will keep them from becoming too spindly.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 7:28PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Supplemental lighting is needed 1" above the plants. Check out all the FAQs (there is one on leggy seedlings and lighting) and info on this question posted over on the Growing from Seed forum here.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing from Seed forum

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:09PM
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HowardWeatherly(5)

Thanks folks, the lights are about 12" above, I will block up the trays and see what happens!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 8:45AM
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