Why have I got spindly seedlings?

by Glenn Roberts
(Brisbane Australia)

Winter is approaching and growing winter greens are my favourite time of the year. I have butter-crunch lettuce seeds, Tatsoi, Kale and baby spinach seeds I’ve planted this year.
It’s been roughly 2-3 weeks now and I have many seedlings up. The weather we have experienced has been over-cast, and wet weather mostly.
I have many leggy seedlings up this year, and it’s been a combination of low heat, much less sun, and I have a more rich compost this year from the new compost bin I planted the seeds out in.
I wanted to write this blog letting our beginners know how to avoid getting spindly seedlings that won’t develop into fully healthy greens.
I have been growing vegetables now for many years, but even a veteran grower can make mistakes some times.
Mistakes to avoid
1. Plant seeds using a seed raising mixture or peat moss mixture. ( Very low to no nutrients) “Keep moist” but not trenched.
2. Make sure you place or plant your seedlings in very good sunlight. (about 7to 8 hours a day)
3. Don’t feed your seedlings too early.
4. To transplant your seedlings, plant out into light fluffy compost soil with an organic slow release fertiliser.
5. After transplanting, water in with a liquid seaweed plant food. It will stop the shock of transplanting and help the seedling nutritionally.
6. Only feed your plants every two to three weeks along the growing cycle of the plant.

Click here to post comments

Return to Global Gardening Blog .