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Whenever I try to raise seedlings on my kitchen window sill they always grow very tall and become leggy before they get their true leaves, and then they make weedy plants! Any tips out there?
It is the light levels- a window sill is just not sufficient-you can keep turning them by they will always grow towards the light hence leggy plants
Do not start too early-if you are sowing for summer bedding-wait for another four weeks when conditions will be better-it will all catch up and you will have stronger plants
Do you have a greenhouse?-somewhere to grow them on?
One way to counter the light level problem is to put cooking foil upright and shiney side to the plants to reflect the light back onto the plants
This shows how to do the tinfoil trick, and also quite a neat idea for maximising indoor growing spce.
Oooh, they're using my Heated Propogator in that demonstration
Thanks for the link figrat...thinks... will be putting capillary matting in the bottom of the propagator this year, I have a problems with the compost drying out
I start the vast majority of my seeds in a propagator on my kitchen window sill. I usually move them out to my coldframes and like Lyn says when I pot them on I bury the stems quite deep into the soil. I'm experimenting this year with having a light over them as well.
Thanks for the advice and link re the tinfoil, might give that a go as well
seedlings must have poor soil to grow and the right heat.I suspect you planted them in a rich soil with too much soil,that's whats to mine when I do that or over water.