Raising these seedlings is definitely a bit more challenging than we expected, but we are keeping after it. Even if we don't get to plant these seedlings for our spring planting, Truckin' Man is hoping to be able to plant our late season veggies from our own seedlings. I think that will be exciting, because at least around here, you can't buy plants later in the season. It's a spring time purchase only.
Since I had some questions from y'all about raising these seedlings, I wanted to share what we have learned so far.
Truckin' Man does not like "potting soil" for the seedlings. Seeding Mix only!
We are using "Plant" lights. We found ours at Home Depot. We don't shop there much, but knew they would have the biggest selection of lights, and we did find what we wanted. For the small amount of plants we are starting with, we are only using 2 bulbs.
Keep the lights just a couple inches from the growing tray,
otherwise the seedlings will get to tall and spindly.
A heater is not necessarily needed in your growing or plant room! Ooops!
To much warmth can also make your seedlings spindly.
After making adjustments to the growing conditions we were still getting too leggy/spindly growth, so after more research we decided to replant them in a size bigger container, and when replanting, to plant them deeper.
We also tried pinching back the more spindly growth. I'll let you know if that was a mistake or not. We did not find any tips or suggestions to back up this idea, just something we would have done with other plants so thought it might help.