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Seedlings, do these look right!

apcardyapcardy Posts: 13
Please excuse what is probably a very dumb question from a very new seed sewing gardener. For the first time ever I am trying to grow various plants from seed but am not sure if the seedlings look ok as they seem to be pretty leggy and/or droopy. Perhaps this is what they should look like but would appreciate some advice please. If they look as you would expect that’s great but if not any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong would be appreciated. Many thanks. 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,887
    I’d say that they need more daylight maybe.
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  • I agree.
    Also, as soon as they develop another pair of leaves, pot them on into slightly larger pots.
    I am guessing pic No 1 are African marigolds of some kind and pic No 3 are Cosmos. I would prick them out into larger pots now and put them in full light.
  • apcardyapcardy Posts: 13
    Many thanks for your replys. They are indeed marigolds and cosmos, the others are Felicia. The marigolds and Felicia were sown indoors close to a south facing window (can just see the cill in the first pic) and the cosmos were sown in the mini greenhouse. Not sure how I can give them more light but I’ll pot them on over the next few days as suggested and see how they go.
    The Felicia seem particularly droopy but wonder if that’s how they should be?
    Thanks again for suggestions, much appreciated.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,887
    edited April 2022
    The netting of the mini greenhouse will be/ will have been cutting out a lot of light.

    Sorry, can’t help with the Felicia as I’ve never heard of them. 😕 They look nice. Ground cover plants it seems. Maybe droopy because they’re practising?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,688
    Light levels are increasing all the time, so they may be ok. When you repot the Cosmos, you can bury the plants deeper, which will help.
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  • They seem a bit leggy but all isn't lost. They're a good video on you tube by project diaries on how to reduce this by using foil as a reflector if the light is low. Also when you plant them out, plant them deep with the stem below the first 2 leaves in the soil and roots should grow from the stem.
    Happy Gardening
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