The Q&A Archives: Growing Flowers From Seeds

Question: Started seeds in the house and I'd like to know why they're are coming up so leggy?

Answer: It sounds like your seedlings needed some supplemental light. Seedlings of most common garden vegetables and flowers need 8-12 hours of light per day, either in a sunny window or under grow lights. If they're under grow lights, keep the seedlings within a couple of inches of the bulbs, or they'll stretch out and get leggy. Legginess can also result from air temperature that's too high, which results in an unbalanced growth spurt. Root zone heat is sometimes necessary for germination.

You can request a free seedstarting bulletin from Gardener's Supply Co. (
ph# 800-863-1700), which gives you all the basics you'll need for success.

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