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Ginadicamillo
Apr 20, 2018 10:02 PM CST
I have some sees that are growing in pots near a window and with grow light on as well . Everything was doing really well with this particular flower seed. They germinated well, started growing nicely then almost overnight they were spindly leggy and flopping over. I know it is said that lack of sufficient light, not enough water or poor soil can be the cause of this. My question is not how to avoid the problem but how to FIX can the spindly leggy seedlings be SAVED? ? I transferred a few to a bigger pot elevated closer to light and propped a few with a stick but that didn't help much. Then in desperation i just cut the thinner parts off down to the thicker part of seedling stem and also packed a bit more soil around . my question is by cutting the thin skinny part will this seedling still grow ? can it start over?
I really wanted this particular flower but ordered only 40 seeds . So i am desperate to save as many seedlings as possible. Also not all of the seedlings did this i have 5 strong ones .
Thanks in advance!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 20, 2018 10:25 PM CST
Ginadicamillo said:I have some sees that are growing in pots near a window and with grow light on as well . Everything was doing really well with this particular flower seed. They germinated well, started growing nicely then almost overnight they were spindly leggy and flopping over. I know it is said that lack of sufficient light, not enough water or poor soil can be the cause of this. My question is not how to avoid the problem but how to FIX can the spindly leggy seedlings be SAVED? ? I transferred a few to a bigger pot elevated closer to light and propped a few with a stick but that didn't help much. Then in desperation i just cut the thinner parts off down to the thicker part of seedling stem and also packed a bit more soil around . my question is by cutting the thin skinny part will this seedling still grow ? can it start over?
I really wanted this particular flower but ordered only 40 seeds . So i am desperate to save as many seedlings as possible. Also not all of the seedlings did this i have 5 strong ones .
Thanks in advance!


There are a lot of possibilities involved here. I first wonder about the soil. "Starter soil" is great for seedlings but they do need fertilizer after they are growing. I use a 50% 2-4-4 fertilizer on my seedlings and they seem to thrive with it. Grow lights are good, but one isn't sufficient for a flat. I have 2 double bulb fixtures over each shelf on my seed-starting rack.

Cutting some flower stems will improve their "bushiness" and is a reasonable attempt to refresh many seedlings.



Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2018 11:19 PM CST
What kind of flowers are you growing and how far along were they when you cut them off? If you cut a seedling stem and there are no nodes beneath the cut, it will not survive. Not all plants will be happy with soil on their stem. We need a little more info and some photos.

Another cause of legginess is heat. If your grow lights are putting off too much heat, the result will be growth that is too fast and seedlings that are leggy.
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