Q: How can I ensure the seedlings I grow inside for my garden aren’t too leggy and flopping over?
There are three easy-to-correct reasons for leggy seedlings:
- Air temperature is too high. Warm temperatures are ideal for germination, but to sustain top growth, 20 C (68 F) or so would be excessive. Try dropping the room temperature a few degrees after the seeds sprout.
- Poor light quality. On dull days or when the only light source is a window, consider supplemental light, but make sure the bulbs are suitable for plant use. Grow lights offer a broader light spectrum and less heat than traditional light bulbs.
- Improper watering and feeding. Water and fertilize seedlings according to their particular needs. Avoid extreme conditions, such as excessive feeding under poor light.
Lastly, I would also recommend you ensure that there is good circulation around your seedlings for optimum health. Good luck with this year’s veggie garden!