Growing Flowers From Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, WA
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Question by brigittetren
March 12, 2001
Started seeds in the house and I'd like to know why they're are coming up so leggy?

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2001
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. ([email protected]/
ph# 800-863-1700), which gives you all the basics you'll need for success.

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