Should I try to harden off leggy seedlings or toss them?

Mindyw3(5)July 9, 2011

They are nder artificial lights, some of them actually touching the lights, they have a fan blowing on them and they are still very leggy. These arethe veggies I have:

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Kale

Leeks

Scallions

2 different cabbages

Broccoli Raab

about 5 different lettuces

All except the buttercrunch lettuce havebecome extremely leggy despite my efforts to prevent it. It is very hot here so I had to start them indoors. My neighbor told me to just get them in the grond and they should eb fine, BUT I hate to have done all of that work and lose my 100 or seedlings.

So what should I do?

I thoght about trying to harden off half incase they are still too young and die, then I'd only lose half of my seedlings. Most have 2-3 true leaves right now. I know they should have more but because of their legginess I don't think keepingthem under artificial lightsany longer is going to benefit them.

What would you do? I'll add a pic in a bit.

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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Defnitely harden off anything started indoors under ideal conditions. You'd kill them yourself if you didn't. However, I'd plant leggy seedlings in the ground without hesitating. Sure it's not perfect, but they'll work well enough. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Sinfonian's garden

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 2:25PM
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shutterphobia

I'm new to gardening. Do leggy seedlings include leaves that look elongated or just tall limpy looking?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 6:25PM
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