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JoMN
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February 23, 2017 - 8:29 am

I wasn't sure where to put this question. So, I have successfully germinated seeds in the baggies and now I'm to the point where I'm starting to plant them. How do you deal with the legginess of some of the plants, like tomatoes? Do you just re-pot, planting them deeper? Should I worry about that?

I do not have grow lights and I'm hoping I can get by without using them. So far tomatoes, morning glory, basil and calendula are up and planted. I have them in a garden window, either in clear cups with a baggie over them, or they are in ice cube trays with a clear bag around them. I'm very excited, I hope this works!

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Lark
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February 24, 2017 - 6:17 am

Glad to hear your success with seed germination.  Legginess is caused by LACK OF LIGHT strength.  If they don't receive sunlight then you must use grow lights.

Yes, you can bury tomatoes deeper and is advised for a stronger root system.

Keep us posted on your progress.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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March 3, 2017 - 2:09 pm

I gradually planted them all deeper, they are growing. Seem to be sturdy so far. It's been so long since I have done this I no longer remember what tomatoes are supposed to look like and if the are growing well or not. They don't look stringy. Something I might do is take my older fish tank light and put it over a clear container if I looks like I need to get them more light.

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March 4, 2017 - 7:09 am

JoMN, I think the 'fish light' idea is good.  You could even put the seedling pots in the old fish tank with the light on and covered with plastic or something. I think it might even keep them warm???  Or maybe where you are the temps are already warm.  Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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