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The reasons why the seedlings of peppers are stretched: what to do in this case, how to save the future harvest


Pepper seedlings appear two to three weeks after sowing, however, after some time, problems associated with the cultivation of this crop may arise.

Shoots begin to thin out and rapidly stretch upward.

Pulling seedlings is one of the most common problems for gardeners, the main reason being a lack of sunlight.

The main topic of today's article is pepper seedlings stretched out: what to do if pepper seedlings are stretched out?

Why are pepper seedlings pulled out?

The most common reasons when young shoots are pulled upward are:

  • Lack of sunlight... Seeds begin to be planted from late February to early March, but sunny days are still rare during these months. In such cases, it is necessary to additionally highlight the seedlings by means of artificial consecration (ordinary electric lamps).
  • Too frequent sowing and untimely thinning... This mistake is often made by novice amateur gardeners, planting a large number of seeds in one container. As a result, the grown shoots begin to stretch out strongly immediately after germination, fighting for a place in the sun. In this case, it is necessary to thin out the seedlings, leaving a distance of 3 cm between them.More about proper cultivation from seeds.
  • Frequent watering... With a lack of sunlight, excessive soil moisture only exacerbates this problem, and the peppers become thin and long. Watering should be limited to twice a week.
  • Incorrect temperature conditions... The optimum daytime temperature for any seedlings of vegetable crops is no more than 25 C, at night the temperature should be lower. But under the conditions of the heating season, as a rule, this factor is not respected, so at night it is advisable to take the seedlings out of the room to a cooler place, for example, into the corridor.
  • Late pick... In the phase when the seedlings have two true leaves, their root system begins to actively form, and accordingly it requires much more space. With a lack of space, the plants begin to stretch upward simply out of despair.

If, nevertheless, the seedlings of peppers are stretched, what to do? To prevent stretching of plants, certain rules should be followed even at the planting stage.

First you need decide on the choice of soil... When buying ready-made land, you should pay attention to its composition.

Soils fertilized with a large amount of mineral compounds, especially nitrogen, are not suitable for pepper. It is advisable to choose a universal soil designed for vegetable crops.

Planting seeds should be done at a distance of 3 cm from each other, although many instructions indicate a distance of 2 cm, which is fraught with further stretching of the pepper.

It is not necessary to place a large number of plants on one window sill, since, as they germinate, they will overlap each other, reaching for the light. And those plants that remain in the shade will begin to be forced to stretch out.

To provide the seedlings with more light, you can install a mirror in front of the windowsill or hang a sheet with foil, which will be used as a reflector. When sunlight comes from only one side, plants turn leaves in its direction and begin to bend and stretch ugly. Periodically you need to rearrange the container with plants with the other side to the window.

Timely pick pauses the growth of pepper for a while. The instructions for the seeds indicate the timing of transplanting the plants into separate pots, usually 20 to 25 days after germination. It should be borne in mind that seedlings germinate faster in purchased ready-made soil, so it is better to focus on the number of leaves.

The readiness of the pepper for transplanting is indicated by the germination of one true leaf. Experienced gardeners grow peppers in a separate container without subsequent picking, and as the plants germinate, they transplant them into wider containers.

The first feeding of plants is carried out in the phase of two true leaves with fertilizers containing superphosphate. The next feeding is carried out a week after the picking of the plants. After that, the peppers are fed after they are transplanted into a greenhouse or open ground.

The golden rule of gardeners: "It is better not to feed than to overfeed", since frequent feeding is not only not beneficial, but also harmful to the plants.

If, after the pick, the peppers continue to stretch, then they are in unfavorable conditions.

You can try to rearrange the containers with seedlings to another window, the pots should be located at a short distance from each other, and watering should also be limited. The favorable air temperature at this stage of development of peppers is 16-18 C.

So, we told you what to do if the pepper seedlings are stretched out and gave advice on what to do so that the pepper seedlings never stretch out and you do not have similar problems.

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Read other articles on pepper seedlings:

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  • How to grow black peppercorns, chili, bitter or sweet at home?
  • What are growth stimulants and how to use them?
  • Diseases and pests of young shoots.

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Watch the video: 039: How to Transplant Pepper Seedlings (January 2022).