- You can grow plants with different growth rates, but make sure they get enough light (this is crucial for plant growth).
- Do some plants steal a lot of light? Trim them down, or even move them to the side
- Keep the light about 4 inches (10 cm) above the plants
- The speed at which plants grow depends on the temperature - the warmer, the better, so aim for 69°F (20-21°C) or higher.
A typical problem is that fast-growers (e.g. arugula and leaf parsley) "steal" light from the smaller ones, by leaving them in the shadow. Basil and oregano often grow slower in the beginning, so be vigilant. (tip! oregano seeds need light to germinate - do not cover them with soil).
An example of faster-growing plants taking most of the light:
Here, arugula and leaf parsley receive a lot of light while the basil is in the shade. The solution is to move the basil to the center and trim the plants around it so they don't cast shadows.
You can grow plants with different growth rates, but make sure they all get enough light
If you notice one plant growing slower than the rest, place it in the center directly under the light, where it will receive more light and grow faster. You can trim the larger plants if they cast a shadow over the smaller ones.
You can also use support sticks to keep the largest plants in place (included in our gardener kit).
If a plant doesn't get enough light, it will grow very slowly, as plants depend on light to photosynthesize. Remember that the plant light should be about 4 inches (10 cm) above the plants.
The speed of plant growth also depends on temperature - the warmer, the better
The optimal temperature is 71-77°F (22-25°C), and anything above 69°F (20-21°C) is great! If it's below 66°F (19°C), the plants will grow very slowly.
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