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Starting seeds inside

Posted by HowardWeatherly 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 1, 12 at 19:11

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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RE: Starting seeds inside

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.

RE: Starting seeds inside

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.


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

RE: Starting seeds inside

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

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