The Q&A Archives: starting seeds

Question: How can I keep the new seedlings from becoming

Answer: No, don't plant the seeds deeper - they may not come up at all! The most common reason for weak, leggy seedlings is lack of light. In my experience, ordinary shoplights using one "warm" bulb and one "cool" bulb are adequate for seedlings. The bulbs should be relatively new and the tips of the plants should be only an inch or two below the bulbs. Some gardeners also find that lightly brushing over the tops of the plants with their hand every day helps produce stockier seedlings. Adequate light will keep your seedlings sturdy.

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