Help with Seed Starting - Knowledgebase Question

Kennesaw, GA
Question by AWSEWELL
November 11, 1997
I tried to grow seeds inside last year to get a head start. The seedlings were very frail and many did not grow at all. Should I use a warming tray or grow lights? Is there a brochure you have on how to start seeds indoors? Many thanks for your time,

Laura Sewell


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Answer from NGA
November 11, 1997

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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. (info@gardeners.com/www.gardeners.com/
ph# 800-863-1700), which gives you all the basics you'll need for success.

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