Starting plants indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Amberg, Wi
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Question by jimandkatie
April 9, 2009
We live 30 miles south of Iron Mountain Michigan so we have a fairly short growing season. We are starting many garden plants indoors. What should we do to keep them from bolting and getting spinly? Help. Katie

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2009
When seedlings do not get enough light they become leggy or spindly so the key is to provide adequate light. I use regular shop lights. They have two fluorescent tubes and a hood, and can be outfitted with chains or ropes so you can adjust the height of the source of light. After the seeds sprout, place the lights about 2 inches above the tops of the plants. Move the lights up as the seedlings grow, keeping it only 2 inches above the plants and keeping the lights on 14-16 hours a day. Your plants will be stout and sturdy by the time the weather's warm enough to plant them outdoors. Best wishes with your seedlings.

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