Then as the days go by, your seedlings continue to grow.....taller and taller. They don't sprout any more leaves, but the stem keeps growing. Some of them fall over. Some of them wilt and the leaves fall off. Some of the stalks just collapse and the plant dies.
NOOOOOOOO..... you think. What happened to my pretty seedlings of a few weeks ago? You try to tie them up, prune them, do anything to save them, but soon all of them are dead. You keep thinking: what did I do wrong?
The answer to this problem is actually pretty easy. Your seedlings are not getting enough light. They need direct sunlight on a window sill for at least 6 to 8 hours a day. If they don't get it, then they grow and stretch taller and taller at an accelerated rate to try to get closer to the light, until they cannot bear their own weight, and then fall over and die. Even tying them up usually will not help, the stems are just too weak to maintain the plant.
You can use growing lights in place of sunlight, but they must be growing lights. A regular light will not provide plants with the spectrum of light that is needed for the plant to grow correctly.
It's not too late to start over and replant your seeds, if your first planting has crashed and burned. Clean our your growing containers, or use new ones and replant immediately, using the recommended amount of light. I think you will see a big difference.
Have a great week,
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