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#1 Palmetto

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 05:53 PM

Hello, I have a bunch of Habanero seedlings that won't bend toward artificial light like they will with sun light. When I put them in a sunny window seal they will bend toward the light in about an hour or two. But they do not do this with an artificial light that I have, it has been three hours now and no movement at all. Does anyone know what may be wrong? Is the light too weak?

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 06:02 PM

Probably you want to have them closer to the light. Whether that means raising the seedlings or lowering the lamp.

Also, I would slide the seed coat off those cotyledons. It's pretty easy if you hold the leaves with one hand and the pull the casing away with the other hand.



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Posted 24 February 2019 - 06:37 PM

+1.  Just looking at your light fixture it seems like the type that might have weaker fluorescent grow lights - weaker than the high-end and hotter fluorescent bulbs, that is.  If so, you might need to bring the light down quite close to the plants and keep the plants in only 2 rows so they don't get wide of the bulbs. 

 

You can use the back of your hand to feel how close you can get to the bulbs without it feeling too warm and don't move them in super close all at once in case it's too close, but I doubt you want to be more than 6" away from those bulbs and very probably closer, like 4" - perhaps even slightly closer for certain weaker bulb types.  It's hard to say without knowing what kind of bulbs those are, how many you have, etc., but even if you are running higher powered florescent bulbs, 6" is likely plenty of distance.  Also, as you get the plants closer to the light you may want to think about some air circulation, such as a small fan.

 

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 08:06 PM

Thank you both for your replies, I moved one up about two hours ago from now and it does not seemed to have bent at all either. Do you think that they just may be slow since its artificial light? I'll definitely give them a few more days.

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 09:46 PM

Yes, give it overnight. If you get it close enough to the light it will turn and eventually straighten some too - it will also turn in light that isn't strong enough, so just turning doesn't necessarily mean you're close enough. Good idea testing with just one first, but don't wait too long with the others or you could start to get a stretch problem!

 

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 12:17 AM

Try looking for the plant and aquarium fluorescents at home depot. They are a little more money but may help. Also just rotate your platter every so often so the plants don't develop a favourite side to lean on. 



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Posted 25 February 2019 - 12:58 AM

Thank you both for your replies, I moved one up about two hours ago from now and it does not seemed to have bent at all either. Do you think that they just may be slow since its artificial light? I'll definitely give them a few more days.

I think your plants are way too leggy already.

I would replant asap to save them, with just 20mm af plant sticking out.

Then get them closer to the lights.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:09 AM

I think your plants are way too leggy already.

I would replant asap to save them, with just 20mm af plant sticking out.

Then get them closer to the lights.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 03:52 AM

What kind of light is it?

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 06:49 AM

I dont get what you mean, they are angled towards the light. The leaves move not the stems. Especially not the lower stem. They look a lil leggy from stretching like others mentioned. When you transplant later just bury them a tiny bit deeper. Should be fine for now though.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 02:00 PM

Did you watch Poltergeist in front of the seedlings?

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

Hello, I have a bunch of Habanero seedlings that won't bend toward artificial light like they will with sun light. When I put them in a sunny window seal they will bend toward the light in about an hour or two. But they do not do this with an artificial light that I have, it has been three hours now and no movement at all. Does anyone know what may be wrong? Is the light too weak?

Probably you want to have them closer to the light. Whether that means raising the seedlings or lowering the lamp.
Also, I would slide the seed coat off those cotyledons. It's pretty easy if you hold the leaves with one hand and the pull the casing away with the other hand.

+1.  Just looking at your light fixture it seems like the type that might have weaker fluorescent grow lights - weaker than the high-end and hotter fluorescent bulbs, that is.  If so, you might need to bring the light down quite close to the plants and keep the plants in only 2 rows so they don't get wide of the bulbs. 
 
You can use the back of your hand to feel how close you can get to the bulbs without it feeling too warm and don't move them in super close all at once in case it's too close, but I doubt you want to be more than 6" away from those bulbs and very probably closer, like 4" - perhaps even slightly closer for certain weaker bulb types.  It's hard to say without knowing what kind of bulbs those are, how many you have, etc., but even if you are running higher powered florescent bulbs, 6" is likely plenty of distance.  Also, as you get the plants closer to the light you may want to think about some air circulation, such as a small fan.
Good luck!

Thank you both for your replies, I moved one up about two hours ago from now and it does not seemed to have bent at all either. Do you think that they just may be slow since its artificial light? I'll definitely give them a few more days.

Yes, give it overnight. If you get it close enough to the light it will turn and eventually straighten some too - it will also turn in light that isn't strong enough, so just turning doesn't necessarily mean you're close enough. Good idea testing with just one first, but don't wait too long with the others or you could start to get a stretch problem!
 
You're going to end up with a lot of Hab's from those!

Try looking for the plant and aquarium fluorescents at home depot. They are a little more money but may help. Also just rotate your platter every so often so the plants don't develop a favourite side to lean on.

I think your plants are way too leggy already.

I would replant asap to save them, with just 20mm af plant sticking out.

Then get them closer to the lights.

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What kind of light is it?

I dont get what you mean, they are angled towards the light. The leaves move not the stems. Especially not the lower stem. They look a lil leggy from stretching like others mentioned. When you transplant later just bury them a tiny bit deeper. Should be fine for now though.

 

 

Did you watch Poltergeist in front of the seedlings?

 

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:06 PM

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:44 PM

The bulb is a T5 High output bulb - 6400K / 24 watts. What I meant by the plants bending were the leaves and newest growth. They still have not bent yet toward the light like I was thinking they would. The whole grow light set is this https://www.lowes.co...ight/1000213341 does anyone else use this or have experience with it? I am still 100% a noob at this, last year was the first year I grew any kind of hot pepper (cayannes). 


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Posted 25 February 2019 - 06:00 PM

I run those T5HO bulbs in 4 foot fixtures and they're plenty up to the task. 

 

As some point out, you've got a lot of stretch in some of those seedlings and they won't recover immediately and may not recover fully.  Get the ones that are still short close quickly to prevent the same with them.  I'd start at 6" and go in an inch or too if they're ok with it as they adjust to the light and heat change.  You may have to bury some stem on some of those like already suggested because they're pretty far down the path.  I'd even consider replanting some back-up seeds on the ones in the worst shape to get that underway asap in case you can't recover them to your satisfaction.


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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:13 PM

Ok, so they seem to be growing a bit now. I potted up the larger/stronger ones in plastic cups with drainage holes. Here is a picture of the really tall one now.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 08:50 PM

That light should cover a 1020 tray pretty good. They got leggy when you had them by the window right? You should be fine anywhere from 6-12 inches above the plants without them stretching too much.





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