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Araines16
May 14, 2020 3:52 PM CST
I started my tomatoes from seed over a month ago. They were among the first of my seedlings to pop up and grew great... and then they stopped.
Now they're spindly and aren't doing well at all. The leaves are also a yellow-ish color.
I'd love some advice!
(We live in a cold climate so haven't moved them outdoors yet. I'm wondering if they'll even be ready to go outdoors because they look pretty sad.)

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 14, 2020 4:00 PM CST
You started them way too early, they aren't getting nearly enough sun and they look water-logged. No, they won't be ready to go outside anytime soon.
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Araines16
May 14, 2020 4:02 PM CST
DaisyI said:You started them way too early, they aren't getting nearly enough sun and they look water-logged. No, they won't be ready to go outside anytime soon.


Do you figure I'd be able to start some more inside now, or is it too late in the season?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 14, 2020 4:58 PM CST
Its not too late. I assume you are in CAnada, not CAlifornia. When do you usually plant out? Are you growing reasonably short season tomatoes? I start my seeds about 4 or 5 weeks before my plant out date (this year I started my seeds on April 10 and planted them out on May 10). All the tomatoes I grow are ripe in 50 - 55 days as I want tomatoes before the first frost.

They will not do well unless you can provide a lot more light and heat.
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Turbosaurus
May 14, 2020 8:13 PM CST
To start seedlings inside before last frost, you really want grow lights 14-16 hours a day and a really warm (70*or more) room for a reasonable outcome, especially tomatoes and other hot weather crops.

I find tomato seedlings inexpensive and ubiquitous, so i just wait till the ground warms up in late may, then buy a 6 pack. I save my indoor efforts for stuff thats either hard to find, really expensive or that can go out to get full sun early despite cold temps. Its hard to get good long term (more than 2nd leaf) outcomes indoors, especially without supplementing light.
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