More like Epic Fail. Most of my tomato seedlings that seemed so happy and healthy after germination have slowly withered away to something pathetic and sickly. Some have yellowing leaves. Others have leaves that just shriveled up and died. There are also some with leaves that have some darker spots, like they are diseased. But none of them really grew after about 3-4 weeks. I'm not really sure what killed them. Maybe they didn't like the Jiffy peat pots that they got transplanted into after about 3 weeks. Or maybe we watered too much. Or too little. Or maybe our soil mix was bad. Or maybe our grow light wasn't good enough. Or maybe they caught some horrible fungal or bacterial disease.
There are just too many variables here and I honestly don't know what caused most of my seedlings to die, or at least get very close to dying. I did notice that some of the pots had a few roots showing through the bottom hole, but when I peeled off the peat pot, it didn't look like the seedlings were rootbound at all.
As a last, desperate measure, I picked out most of the better looking ones (still not all that much better than the one pictured above) and transplanted them into the garden last weekend. I don't have high hopes for their survival because they are all still too small and the outdoor weather is still too rainy and cold. Still, I'm hoping that natural sunlight and raised beds can work some miracles here.
If not, then I'll just have to go buy (gasp!) some transplants from the store later this month.
Ugh, if there is such a thing as mass seedling failure induced depression, I think I have it. It's really sad to see all these dying seedlings. It makes me especially sad to think about how so many of these seedlings were from seeds shared by other generous garden bloggers - I had such high hopes for these seeds to grow into healthy vegetable plants!