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Starting plants from seeds

"I have planted some tomato seeds. They have germinated but they are growing straight up and the stem is not getting bigger. What am I doing wrong? "
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You are growing them without sufficient light. Tiny seedlings need very intense light if they are not to get tall and "leggy." You need a grow light, which can be something as simple as a tabletop fluorescent lamp that you can get very close to the top of the seedlings -- an inch or less away. Move the light upward as the plants grow but keep it very close to their tops. You can rig up shop lights to do lots of starts at a time. Check for seed-starting equipment you can buy.

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