The best way to get ahead of planting season is to start indoors, this can lead to some problems for your plants though, like leggy seedlings. Leggy seedlings are those seedlings that have to stretch really far to get what they need, and therefore become weak. A leggy seedling might be needing to stretch to get to the light source that they need, or because of hot temperatures, might grow too rapidly. You can counter the leggy seedlings, but it’s first best to ask yourself if you should just start with some new ones if the problem has gotten too bad.
- Light issues, warm temperatures, overcrowding and a lack of nutrients or water can cause leggy seedlings.
- You could abandon the leggy seedlings or make adjustments to correct the growth.
- Using a fan to simulate wind can produce steadier stems.
“A leggy seedling is one that is very tall and looks almost stretched out. It can start to appear weak and look scraggly.”