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Sari
Saint Helen, MI
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2001
11:14 PM

Post #436

Has anyone ever heard of putting a fan on seedlings? I heard that doing so increases the diameter of the seedling's stem and keeps them from getting tall and lanky.
Any one else heard of that? Anyone tried it?
gardener_mick
Wentworth, SD
(Zone 4a)

January 7, 2001
11:44 PM

Post #46561

I have heard of using fans. It is supposed to produce a stronger plant and have less problems with damping off I think. I don't know much about it though. The only fan that I had on when my plants were growing last year was a ceiling fan.

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melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


January 8, 2001
12:55 AM

Post #46572

I put a small fan on my seedlings as soon as they get 2 sets of true leaves. I set it on low and use the rotating option so it dosen't blow constantly in the same direction.
It seems to keep disease down more than anything else,but I suppose my plants are stronger when I go to harden them off.
jan
Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2001
2:52 PM

Post #46641

I read that having a light breeze over tomato seedlings helps make them sturdier. This is suppose to lessen the stress on the plant during the hardening off period.
Byron
Lyndeborough, NH

January 9, 2001
2:46 AM

Post #46738

A small fan from seed start helps reduce damp-off.

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