I just can't seem to get this down. I've had some major trouble just starting seeds. I have that down very well now, no problems there. Now my problem is keeping the plants alive after I transplant them to bigger pots.
I have 5 tomatoes and 1 hungarian wax pepper that I potted up after they had 3-4 true leaves. A week and a half after I did, they are all drooping and not a single plant grew any taller. I used miracle grow moisture control potting soil in 4" plastic pots. They were growing vigorously in the starter tray, but they are all dying now. I have a shop light about 3" above them, leaving it on for about 16-18 hours a day. This is the SECOND time now that this has happened. The first time I figured I just transplanted too early. I potted up as soon as their first true leaves appeared. I let the surface of the soil dry out before watering again.
So...what the heck am I doing wrong? I'm about ready to give up on this whole thing and put the axe on the garden/seed starting for the year and buy plants. Like I said, they start off fantastic in the starter tray, getting their first true leaves within 2 weeks. I'm afraid to transplant ANYTHING now.