The Q&A Archives: starting seeds

Question: How can I keep the new seedlings from becoming

Answer: The most common reason for weak, leggy seedlings is lack of light. I use ordinary shoplights using one "warm" bulb and one "cool" bulb for my 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. Don't plant the seeds any more deeply than recommended on the seed package or they may fail to come up at all. Best wishes with your seed starting!

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