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Post  rschack on 4/13/2012, 11:48 pm

What should my pepper seedlings look like after about four weeks? Mine still only have two leaves and the leaves are kind of dark colored. Is this bad? Maybe someone could post some pictures of some healthy pepper seedlings. Thanks.
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Post  floyd1440 on 4/14/2012, 7:05 am

@rschack wrote:What should my pepper seedlings look like after about four weeks? Mine still only have two leaves and the leaves are kind of dark colored. Is this bad? Maybe someone could post some pictures of some healthy pepper seedlings. Thanks.

Had to go check mine for a set of leaves count. Pretty sure I started my seeds 3 weeks ago today and they have two sets of leaves but are only 1.5 inches high. The stems are purple but the leaves are green.

I learned that if you over water it is as damaging to plants as under watering so just keep them moist.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/14/2012, 7:19 am

@floyd1440 wrote:
@rschack wrote:What should my pepper seedlings look like after about four weeks? Mine still only have two leaves and the leaves are kind of dark colored. Is this bad? Maybe someone could post some pictures of some healthy pepper seedlings. Thanks.

Had to go check mine for a set of leaves count. Pretty sure I started my seeds 3 weeks ago today and they have two sets of leaves but are only 1.5 inches high. The stems are purple but the leaves are green.

I learned that if you over water it is as damaging to plants as under watering so just keep them moist.


Those plants look awesome! What a Face
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Post  tabletopper on 4/14/2012, 9:38 am

Two Tall Tomatoes......I miss your picture of smiling tomatoes.......Ruth

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/14/2012, 9:54 am

@tabletopper wrote:Two Tall Tomatoes......I miss your picture of smiling tomatoes.......Ruth

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Post  rschack on 4/14/2012, 1:29 pm

Mine aren't dead yet, but they don't seem to be growing very quickly. How often should I water them? What makes them turn dark colored?[img][/img]
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Post  elysia on 4/14/2012, 2:06 pm

I have been having a terrible time gaging how much to water my seedlings! Seriously I would put it at the top of the newbie list of uncertainty... I have been watering I guess twice daily, but I have been feeling the soil to gage if I should water and how much...sometimes I take a chance an only water once daily...I had been gently watering from above at first but I have switched to exclusively watering from below and I really think that has helped my pepper plants do better (so far!) than my broc and onions, which I started first...

What kind of peppers are they? I sowed a several different types of peppers and there was one type that was markedly slower to germinate/grow than the other three types of peppers have been...

it looks like you have a grow light - how close is it to your plants? Another mistake I made early on is not having my light close enough to my plants but that resulted in "leggy" plants but yours are not leggy...I have also had the light too close a couple times as the plants have gotten taller and that sort of gave a leaf here and there a "bleached out" dry look, not the dark color you are seeing...I guess that question is outside this newbie's realm of knowledge but someone around here will know the answer...just wanted to offer support over the dilema of how much to water and got to babblin' Rolling Eyes
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Post  rschack on 4/28/2012, 11:29 pm

I missed this reply. Sorry.
Thanks for the help.
I actually just have fluorescent desk lights over my pepper seedlings. They are about three inches above them.
I have been leaving water in the tray underneath them for them to soak up from the bottom. It just seems that they are not growing. It seems that I may be buying pepper transplants from lowes this year unless they miraculously start to get better. Oh well. First tries don't always work out. idk
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Post  subsonic on 4/29/2012, 12:51 am

those peppers look good
I buy plants because I do not have a good place inside to start peppers and tomatoes
I am envious,
I love the starting from seed part of gardening.
My mother had a small green house and one day I will to. It is just too rewarding to start from seed.
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Post  GWN on 4/29/2012, 2:43 am

You know Rshack,
Peppers are very slow, I think mine are 2 months old and about the size of the photo, and the tomatoes that were planted after the peppers are over a foot high now.
But they were the same last year too, they really do not get going until it gets very warm, and then they take off.
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Post  rschack on 4/29/2012, 12:02 pm

Well hopefully that is the case. I guess since they are not dead yet, then they must be doing something. tongue
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Post  givvmistamps on 4/29/2012, 3:15 pm

Maybe they're just saving up energy to amaze you when it gets really warm!
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Post  rschack on 4/29/2012, 10:46 pm

Haha. Hopefully Razz
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Post  quiltbea on 4/29/2012, 11:38 pm

I wouldn't leave mine wet all the time in the bottom trays. Let it dry out for a day or two and then pour in another half inch or so of water for them to bottom drink again. They need it dry sometimes so they can take in oxygen.
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Post  rschack on 4/30/2012, 10:10 pm

@quiltbea wrote:I wouldn't leave mine wet all the time in the bottom trays. Let it dry out for a day or two and then pour in another half inch or so of water for them to bottom drink again. They need it dry sometimes so they can take in oxygen.

I'll try that. thanks cyclops
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