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8 Signs Your Seedlings Are In Trouble

Seedlings growing in small containers.
Growing garden plants and flowers from seed is a less expensive alternative to buying full grown or starter plants. This method does require a level of patience and attentiveness to your young sprouts. This is a page about 8 signs your seedlings are in trouble.
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seedlingsIn many ways, nurturing seedlings is a lot like parenting. It requires love, attentiveness, and lots of patience (a good sense of humor doesn't hurt either). To keep your seedlings healthy, you need to learn to recognize when they are sick. Here are eight signs your seeds are in trouble and what may be causing it.

1. Seeds fail to germinate.

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2. Seedlings fall over or start to decay at soil level.

This may be a sign of damping off disease (organisms attacking seeds and young plants). Once plants have been afflicted, reviving them is not possible.

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3. Leaves start to curl under.

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4. Growth appears stunted or dwarfed.

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5. Seedlings have pale, or discolored leaves.

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6. Seedlings have leggy, spindly growth.

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7. Seedlings have poorly developed roots (as seen when transplanting).

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8. Moss or mold is taking over your growing medium.

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