mtgarden gal wrote:yes, that's exactly what happened. They were really tall and spindly and eventually they just fell over flat and dried up. they were in those jiffy seed starter peat pots that kept the soil wet for a long time. I also probably did not have the lights close enough to them in the beginning but for the last week I have had lights 6 inches above them and on for at least 16 hours a day.
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mtgarden gal wrote:The thing I don't understand is though, is that I also planted marigolds in the same pots at the same time and just put those by a sunny window and they are doing great. They are all starting to get their "real leaves" and are growing faily good. are they just easier to grow, less picky?
It's possible that those pots were able to dry out a little more between waterings, because of the warmth of the sun coming through the window glass.
In addition, marigolds produce substances that have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, so it's possible that they were able to resist the damping off fungus.
mtgarden gal wrote:also, with the veggie seedlings, maybe I didn't thin them soon enough? I thought I should wait until they got bigger, but should I have thinned them as soon as they sprouted? how soon should you thin them?
I thin them at about the time they get their first set of true leaves. By that point, I can pretty well tell which seedling is going to develop into the strongest plant.
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