Leggy Seedlings

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  1. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    We started some seeds on the windowsill just before Xmas, (dumb dumb dumb)
    and got so busy, we never put them under lights.

    Now they're tall and leggy but I don't want to throw them out.

    Is it possible to save them? It's some herbs and spinach.
     
  2. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    I would probably write them off, but you might try raising the level of light while also lowering the temperature considerably.

    Let's see what others say.
     

  3. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    Herb s and spinach I would write off and just start again. Sorry. Then again, the spinach may recover.

    Nikki
     
  4. Farmerwilly2

    Farmerwilly2 Well-Known Member

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    Increase the light, water less, if container allows add more potting mix around the stem. Cooler temps will also slow them down. Also, if they aren't looking good when the correct date arrives, start some more.
     
  5. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I wonder what would happen if you pick off the bottom leaves and repot them with your soil mix up to the "new" bottom leaves...

    Pony!
     
  6. mommagoose_99

    mommagoose_99 Well-Known Member

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    I would pinch back the herbs, get them under lights and put them in a cool place and see what happens. Give them a couple of weeks before you start over :)
     
  7. dheat

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    Does leggy mean long- and bare-stemmed?

    Thanks,

    Doug
     
  8. minnikin1

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    Yes, that's what I meant. I put them in bright sunlight and they look a little better.
     
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    rwinsouthla Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Put a fan blowing on them just enough to make the barely shudder. They'll thicken up. Keep 'em watered, though as the fan will dry them out.
     
  10. culpeper

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    Put them into bigger pots, give them more light, and when they've recovered from the transplant shock, chop their heads off! With luck, they'll be OK.

    A plant which is looking for the sun will reach out for it. Hence - leggy. A plant whose roots have nowhere to go will grow tall and leggy, too - until it dies from self-strangulation. It's a last-ditch survival thing.