What to do to prevent seedlings from becoming leggy

Alina MilsentLife
How to grow quality seedlings

It's the favorite time of year for gardeners as it is time to sow seedlings. However, sometimes the first seedlings grow weak and of poor quality even with optimal watering and the right temperature and humidity.

Leggy seedlings is a common problem that can ruin the entire crop. Read the OBOZ.UA article to know what to do to ensure that crops grow in width and do not stretch out.

Proper lighting and temperature

Stretching of seedlings has a bad effect on the root system, so it is important to take all measures to prevent this problem. There may be several reasons for this. For example, improper temperature or light conditions cause the plant to react to uncomfortable conditions, which can lead to excessive growth.

Experts emphasize that seedlings need a lot of light, at least for 13 hours. If there is a lack of natural light, artificial light should be provided.

You should also pay attention to temperature conditions as the temperature should be at least +20 °C.

Watering and fertilizing

Watering and fertilizing are equally important aspects. The most common mistake beginners make is applying an excessive amount of fertilizer. In fact, experts say that seedlings do not need additional fertilizers. You can fertilize the soil a little at the planting stage and that's all. The nutrients contained in the soil are enough for small seedlings, and excessive fertilizers are the cause of active growth.

Frequent watering is another reason for stretching. There is no need to water the seedlings every day because, firstly, moisture accumulation can lead to mold, and secondly, the seedlings will begin to grow rapidly in height.

Seedlings should be watered 2-3 times a week, and it is necessary to make drainage holes in the container.

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