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Tbell777
May 15, 2018 9:41 AM CST
Hi I'm new to gardening I asked my Mom a few weeks ago what she wanted for her birthday and she said that she wanted some flowers planted in our front yard so I went to Walmart purchased a Pro-Hex Professional Seed-Starting Tray, Miracle Grow quick start planting and Transplant starting solution, a spray bottle, some soil for the plants and some Johnny Jump Up seeds and they started growing 2 weeks ago. So far it's they grown well but I noticed today when I opened the tray top to spray them I noticed that they looked droopy and now I'm wondering what I did wrong? I water them once a day I mixed a little bit of that Miracle Grow in the water a few days ago so maybe it's the Miracle Grow?or is it me watering them once a day or are they ready to transplanted?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 15, 2018 10:42 AM CST
Welcome!

Your seedlings aren't getting enough light. The leaves they still have are the "seed" leaves - after 2 weeks they should be growing their "adult" leaves. And they shouldn't be all stretched out reaching for light.

Fertilizing a plant that has only seed leaves isn't necessary and could be dangerous to the health of the seedlings. Each seed comes with a little "fertilizer pak" built in so don't need more fertilizer until they grow the "adult" leaves. Even then, you can usually get them to planting out size without additional fertilizer.

Although you are watering daily, some of the cells in your seed starting tray look very dry. The humidity dome can come off once the seedlings sprout and for Johnny Jump-ups, may have been unnecessary.

More light, consistant water and no fertilizer.
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