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Are These Leggy? HELP!

Posted by MNnewbie Minnesota (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 21:55

Hello, newbie question here.

I started some plants from seed a couple of weeks ago in anticipation for spring to arrive up here in Minnesota. They're taking off, that's for sure! My only worry is that they're "leggy." I know this isn't good for some plants, but tomatoes can be transplanted up to their leaves. I'll attach photos of the tomatoes.

Thanks for your help!


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RE: Are These Leggy? HELP!

Here are the Peppers

RE: Are These Leggy? HELP!

They are a little leggy, but they obviously just sprouted. a you get them under some lights right away?

Fluorescent shop lights about an inch from the tops of them, will set them in good order. There is lots of info on this forum about lighting set ups.

You are right on schedule for peppers, but you are a bit early for tomatoes. Peppers are slow growers, and should be healthy in pots under lights for 2-3 months. Tomatoes grow fast. Six weeks before planting out is the standard recommendation for starting time. Unless you are growing them under covers, the end of May is he earliest you want to plant either of those in zone 4.

RE: Are These Leggy? HELP!

They are a little leggy and the fact that they are all leaning in one direction implies they need a bit more light directly above them.

RE: Are These Leggy? HELP!

Agree with all the above. Not enough light and lights not nearly close enough.


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