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The goal is to keep the root systems supplied with water and oxygen. If your containers are saturated with water, the roots will stop growing and pathogenic fungi that like wet soil can infect your plants. The “damping-off” fungi, Pythium, Phytophthora, and Rhizoctonia, can quickly kill a container of seedlings if the growing media is kept too wet. If an infection occurs, dispose of the plants and growing medium, wash containers and tools to remove any debris, and soak them for 1-2 minutes in a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Then rinse with clean water.


As the seedlings grow, use a mister or a small watering can to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Let the soil dry slightly between waterings. Set up a fan to ensure good air movement and prevent disease. I use a fan that's plugged into the same timer as my grow lights. Remember to feed the seedlings regularly with liquid fertilizer, mixed at the rate recommended on the package.It's not a good idea to move your seedlings directly from the protected environment of your home into the garden. You've been coddling these seedlings for weeks, so they need a gradual transition to the great outdoors. The process is called hardening off. About a week before you plan to set the seedlings into the garden, place them in a protected spot outdoors (partly shaded, out of the wind) for a few hours, bringing them in at night. Gradually, over the course of a week or 10 days, expose them to more and more sunshine and wind. A cold frame is a great place to harden off plants.

Seedlings need a lot of light. If you're growing in a window, choose a south-facing exposure. Rotate the pots regularly to keep plants from leaning into the light. If seedlings don't get enough light, they will be leggy and weak. If you're growing under lights, adjust them so they're just a few inches above the tops of the seedlings. Set the lights on a timer timer for 15 hours a day. Keep in mind that seedlings need darkness, too, so they can rest. As the seedlings grow taller, raise the lights. It’s easy to upgrade their abode: Clean yogurt containers, paper coffee cups, tin cans—anything you can add a drainage hole to—is fair game. Begin by filling the containers with Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix, which helps encourage fast root development. Use your finger or a pen to poke a hole into the center of the pot. If the soil is dry in their current home, water your seedlings before moving them. Then, carefully lift your seedling by the stem, not the leaves, and try to retain as much of the roots and surrounding soil as possible. Separate any tangled plants gently—after all, these are your plant babies. Settle each one into their pot, just deep enough that the plant remains upright, and smooth over the soil. Water lightly, and exhale. They made it. (Source: www.miraclegro.com)


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