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Hi everyone, new to the forum and greenhouse garding in general. I have planted loads of everything this year, most things have taken and are growing well, but I think I have a problem with either leggy seedlings or damping down.

Now these are just terms I have found using google, basically I have some seedlings growing quite well, but with very thin and weak stalks.

Any help greatly appreciated.....



  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Livingstone daisy, nowt wrong with them. They do have a habit of growing like that, especially when there's not a enough light. These need full on sun..even as seedlings.

    I would say, top tray needs more compost and it's looks far too wet !

    Prick out into big 15 cells/modules, wilkos sells them and put them in full sun - hold back that water your drowning them. 

    Remember - Moist...not waterlogged !

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Totally agree,they look fine,they have a habit of looking distorted but will be fine,and reward you with a mass of lasting colour.

    Plant out into modules asap,and go easy on the watering!

  • PychanskiPychanski Posts: 7

    ok thanks, makes sense, i have been a bit water mental.

    They are outside in a green house on my top decking, so they will get as much sun as possible, but I do live in Scotland, so sun is not always readily available.

    Would it be worth investing in light / heating, I want to do this right and will buy the right stuff for the job?

  • quercus_ruburquercus_rubur Posts: 334

    Yes  I agree the soil does look too wet. They will also grow leggy if the light is one directional or there's not enough of it.

    I tend to put a thin layer of gravel on top of mine. It helps keep them moist.

    Damping off occurs when they're planted to close together. They need air to be able to circulate around them. 

    I also blow on them or waft a thin piece of card across the top. This helps strengthen the stems. GQT's Rosie Yeomans is currently doing some work on this theory at the moment

  • PychanskiPychanski Posts: 7

    sorry to sound a bit thick, but what are modules?

    I am guessing this?

    plant module

    If so, I have a load of the fibre 1.5 to 2 inch pots, would pricking out into these do the same thing?

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Depends on what you want to grow,whether you buy heating etc,I just use bubble wrap in one greenhouse to insulate in winter,in the other where we have more tender plants we do have a heater.

  • PychanskiPychanski Posts: 7

    ok perfect,  I will buy some of those and get them filled up.

    Should I put these outside, or keep then in the greenhouse?

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Keep them in the greenhouse for now.

  • PychanskiPychanski Posts: 7

    thanks for all the advice, really helps, I will no doubt be back soon with some more questions image

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