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I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

Posted by gardener_z5 zone 5 colorado (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 21:44

I started a large batch of petunia, Sweet alyssum, and verbascum about 4 1/2 weeks ago. They sprouted quickly and looked fine, but they are still about 1/2 inch tall with only about 2-4 VERY small leaves. I'm not really sure what is wrong, they get between 8-10 hours of light a day and good water supply. Do you think there is any way to save these babies??

Also, can I post pictures of the seedlings?


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

They need more like 14-16 hours of light and you could be keeping them too wet. Post pictures by downloading pics to a hosting website and copy the HTML code and paste it in your follow-up.


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

Hi,

If you will save your pics over at "photobucket,com"
once you save them you will see this little box to the left of each picture you have opened , the Third box down has your HTML link, copy and paste that into your message... VIOLA ...give it a try ;-)

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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

Have you fed them anything?

Most common cause is too wet. It cause root rot and slow, stunted growth. And I agree that more light is needed. Light is what triggers photosynthesis and that is what leads to growth.

Dave


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

Ok, here is a picture of a few of them

Sweet Alyssum
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Verbascum
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Petunia
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What should I do? Thanks for the advice!


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

WAY TOO much water.

Get a fan on them and try to translpant them into moist (well rung out) soil and get them under lights that are 1-3" away from them.

Do not water again until the top 3/4 of the soil is dry. It will be hard to regulate the water in peat pots, so I would transplant them into plastic containers.

As Taz and Dave said: I would suggest keeping them under shop lights for 12-14 hours.

Keriann~


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

While I agree that the soil does look wet, the seedlings themselves look healthy to me; not leggy (ok the petunia maybe a bit), not yellowing, not drooping leaves. I'd wager more light and possibly a weak dose of ferts and these guys will get going. Can I hazard a guess that you have these in a windowsill or some other form of lights than fluorescent?


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

I agree with sleepy. The plants look healthy they just need more light. I also agree that with that amount of light they must be on a window sill.


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RE: I need help, tons of baby seedlings not doing well!

I put a fan on them, and I will put them under shop lights for 12+ hours and see how they do!

Thank you so much for all of the advice, it may just save my seedlings!


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