HELP!! My baby seedlings are under light right now indoors but will be transplanted outdoors in about 3 weeks. They are very leggy and falling over. My light is artificial day light given to some veterans with P.T.S.D. and my babies are very close to the light. Any tips for staking them? I’m a 68 year old stoner and this is my first grow and I am growing White Widow and Big Bud. Somebody PLEASE help.
Big bud when flowering will most likely need artificial support no matter what you do when growing the seedlings when they do go into flowering. Seedlings and small clones can benefit from a fan gently blowing them around a bit. And the bigger the plant the more wind they can take but be careful not to have them whip around too much and cause damage to the leaves and or even cause the stems to break. It will help them add strength and thickness a bit to the stems. However what you are describing probably also has a lot to do with the light you are using. The type of artificial “day” light to fight PTSD and depression has a lot of blue in it. Add some equivalent “wattage/lumens/energy being used light” with more red in the spectrum for ripening the flowers. LED panels for depression and PTSD have similar panels made of red only lights and florescent lights that are for depression or PTSD are usually rated around 6000K or higher and you can balance out these lights with an equivalent wattage or lumen florescent light with a 2200K or 2700K rating which will have plenty of yellow/reddish light in it’s spectrum and may help with the indoor part of your grow. Also it should help with the legginess by increasing the overall lumens or intensity of light. Blue light does encourage vegetative growth and red and near red-infrared stimulates stretching and growth in the stems which may help. But as it encourages growth in the stems, when not well balanced you may get the wrong type of stretch. As I think about it the type of stretch and thinness or airyness you are describing is mostly caused by too little, not intense enough light. A quick fix may be as simple as bringing the plant or plants closer to the light source or vice/versa the light closer to the plant/s.