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Seed Germination: Getting Leggy

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stetchworth
Ocean Springs, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2010
3:59 PM

Post #7467069

I started some seeds inside and I have them on a seedling heat mat and about 18 inches away from the fluorescent lights and they are looking leggy. What do I need to do now. thanks.
ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2010
5:04 PM

Post #7467214

Stetch, What kind of seeds are they and how tall now?

Your light is to high, it should be an inch or two above the plants, the seedlings are trying to reach the light.

Also remove them from the heat mat, the mat is to aid germination, once they have germinated they will continue to grow on the cool side.

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trc65
Galesburg, IL

January 16, 2010
8:58 PM

Post #7467896

Stetch, providing some air movement in the room will also help the plants to "stiffen up". Don't put a fan blowing directly on the seedlings, all you need is enough to see the plants gently move every once in a while.
tishrh
Mount Vernon, OH

January 16, 2010
10:43 PM

Post #7468147

move the light more near to the plants
stetchworth
Ocean Springs, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2010
11:14 AM

Post #7469386

Thanks for your help everyone. I have moved them closer and off of the heat mat.

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