seedlings not growing. - Knowledgebase Question

Greensboro, No
Question by Itzyespin
April 29, 2010
I started a from seeds,lettuce,peas,and cool weather herbs are doing excellent the problem is with peppers,tomatoes,they took too long to sprout,well finally they did now the problem is that they are not growing the

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2010


You've almost answered your own question! Cool season veggies will sprout and grow nicely but warm season tomatoes and peppers need warm soils and warm air in order to sprout. If you're sprouting them indoors you might want to invest in a heat mat which keeps the seedlings warm and happy. If they refuse to grow once they've sprouted, they need warmer temperatures and probably more light than they are getting. Fluorescent shop lights, the ones with two bulbs and a hood, are great for seed starting. They can be raised or lowered to provide the right amount of light to growing seedlings. Keep the lights on 14-16 hours per day and you'll produce stout and hardy seedlings. As for your current plants, you may want to start over with fresh seeds - you still have time.

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