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Old Today, 03:58 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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So I planted some leaf lettuce seeds in a container. I also bought a mini greenhouse because the winter air is so dry. The plants came up and in the daytime I take the container out and set it on the south facing windowsill right in front of the little greenhouse. Last two days have been warmish so I even set the plants outside for a while.

Problem is, they are so spindly and skinny and they fall over on their sides. I'm worried that they'll die. Should I transplant them, each to a single pot? I think I did have this problem with lettuce once and they turned out fine. But I wonder if there's anything else I could do. I need to thin them out anyway so is this the time (about 1" tall) to transplant them into their own containers? They're only barely beginning to get their true leaves. TIA.
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Old Today, 04:14 PM
 
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Problem is, they are so spindly and skinny and they fall over on their sides. . .

Spindly seedlings usually means not enough light-- not bright enough, not enough hours. Lettuce doesn't need a lot of space for roots, so transplanting may actually make it worse-- more effort into growing roots than above-ground leaves.


You can also reproduce store-bought lettuce (particularly Romain or GreenLeaf works well) by putting the stump in a shallow pan with Miracle Grow in solution or any other "hydroponic mix." Same problem tho-- it needs light.
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They need more light.
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Old Today, 05:29 PM
 
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They need more light.
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Spindly seedlings usually means not enough light-- not bright enough, not enough hours. Lettuce doesn't need a lot of space for roots, so transplanting may actually make it worse-- more effort into growing roots than above-ground leaves.


You can also reproduce store-bought lettuce (particularly Romain or GreenLeaf works well) by putting the stump in a shallow pan with Miracle Grow in solution or any other "hydroponic mix." Same problem tho-- it needs light.
Thanks. That's what I thought. I'm going to try to keep the blinds up all night so that they can get sunlight starting the minute the sun rises. The window faces south---it's the best I can do at this time of the year, too cold to go outside. Maybe I'll take them out of their little greenhouse and just keep them on the windowsill.
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