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Topic by erika posted 04-07-2015 02:11 PM 2646 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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hardiness zone 5a

04-07-2015 02:11 PM

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I don’t seem to have any luck. I bought the soil-less starting median, I have them under the dome until germination but that’s when I run into trouble. They look good, I have them in the light. I even have them under florescent light
but they kind of fall over and die. So now I’m trying to see if I put them back under the dome if they will do better. (Oh, the ones that haven’t fallen over yet). The others I threw away. Any ideas?

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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hardiness zone 5a

04-08-2015 12:28 PM

I haven’t had great luck with growing from seeds indoors. Yes, they germinate okay, but often they grow too fast and because of the weak light, they get thin and fall over – as you say. This happens:

1) because we tend to start too soon.

2) It also has to do with the amount of light the plants get,

3) as well as the lack of wind to move the seedlings and build up the strength in the stems, and

4) possible airborn mold spores from the indoor climate.

I find the best way is to do winter sowing. Yes, you could still start now. However, if we get freezing rain( like today ), we’d have to bring them indoors if the cover was off.

My friend, Mary, grows quite a few of her tomatoes from seed, on the sunny south facing window sill of her living room. She also runs a fan to keep the seedlings moving. It seems to work for her.

Good luck, if you start again.


-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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