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How to fix leggy seedlings

I am starting my seedlings this year under some office lights, in a storage bin, in front of a window, on top of the dog kennel. They get pretty good light, but some still get a bit leggy. And while eventually they’re just too leggy and it’s difficult, it IS easy to fix legginess in some seedlings, like tomatoes.

fix leggy seedlings

This little guy qualifies as a bit too leggy for my liking. (Yes, I should also snap off one of those plants to avoid crowding…)

fix leggy seedlings

See, tomatoes are actually sort of a vine. If you’ve ever had a butt-ton of cherry tomatoes volunteer in your yard, you know that. Wherever the vine/stem hits dirt, it will tend to root.

So if your seedlings are too leggy, all you have to do is either add more dirt on top, or gently push them down (be careful not to totally break the roots it does have) farther into the dirt and water them down a bit so they’ll grow some more strong roots on that stem.

fix leggy seedlings

Much better!

fix leggy seedlings

Now to tame the rest of the “too leggies”. This is not a catwalk, tomatoes!!

fix leggy seedlings

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