I have started some vegetables in these Jiffy peat pellet trays. I am finding that some of plants are getting long and then the stem looks like it has been stretched. It then dies. I am keeping it watered. I did have a fan on them while they were inside. Now I am putting them outdoors during the days.
Pictures is the Brussels Sprouts but the Rutabagas have done the same thing.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 6 years ago
To me, those plants appear what is called "leggy". Extremely looong, skinny stems.
That usually indicates insufficient lighting. They are stretching out, looking for their lifeblood...the sun.
When I raised a bunch of seedlings under some standard florescent lights, they all looked like that.
When I switched to 'Daylight' bulbs (full spectrum), they almost immediately began 'normalizing'.
Some people swear that 'full spectrum' bulbs are a waste of money, and are not necessary.
My personal experience shows that they promote a healthier plant, ready for x-planting much earlier.
In my opinion, using an improper bulb is the true waste of money. You get what you pay for.