Lanky Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Manassas, VA
Question by mrsfire2000
April 24, 2000
What do I need to do to prevent my new seedling from being
so lanky? They are really long with little to no foliar growth? I keep them under lights and used heat mat to start the seeds. I started to add small amount of fertilizer after 2nd or 3rd set of leaves.

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000


Seedlings can get lanky if they're not getting enough light. If you're using fluorescent lights, place the seedlings just 2"-4" below the light source and raise the lights as the seedlings grow. Leave the lights on 12-14 hours each day and turn them out at night. Providing proper light should help your seedlings develop into stout and sturdy little plants.

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