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How do you stop seedling's growing tall and scraggly /


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Give them more all-round light basically,don't keep too warm and definitely do not sow too earlyimage

    What are we talking about here?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    and don't sow too thickly, (as I never seem to learn).

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • just seedling's in general mine's alway's get really tall and fall over not enough strength in stem, thank's

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Can only repeat what I said earlier-it is a common problem when sowing indoors and keeping seedlings on windowsills.image

  • If growing on a windowsill, you can help them get maximum light by cutting the top and one long side from a cardboard box and lining the inside of the box with aluminium foil.  Place the seed tray in the box and have the open side towards the window.  I start my tomatoes off every year by doing this with good results.  If the room is warm, once the seeds have germinated, move the box to the windowsill in another room which doesn't get above about 15C and not below 5C for best results.  As "A lad in" (new lamps for old, anyone?! image) says, if they are kept too warm, or don't get enough light, the result will be tall weak seedlings every time.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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