started from seed - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeland, Fl
Question by ritasdick
March 8, 2010
I started some plants from seed in a a mini greenhouse. The plants spouted but have grown very leggy,and long. (tomatoes and cukes.Can I still plant them outdoors?

Answer from NGA
March 8, 2010


Lack of sufficient light is what's causing the legginess in your seedlings. You can still plant them, but they may take a little extra time to grow stout and hardy. To avoid this in the future, use artificial light for your seedlings (I use fluorescent shop lights) and keep the source of light only 2-3 inches from the tops of your plants. Keep the lights on 14=16 hours a day.) Best wishes with your transplants.

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