I think I messed up my seedlings :(

Hi group, I am new to this gardening thing and it appears I may have done something wrong. Several weeks ago I started some seeds indoors, as I'm in zone 5 and still getting frost at night. All of my seedlings are up but some are getting very long and leggy looking. Some of them are starting to droop and fold-over. Are they supposed to be this way? If not, what did I do wrong? Anything I can do to correct the problem?
The seedlings are brocolli, brussels sprouts and various kinds of lettuce.
Thanks in advance for advice and/or comments.
Brigitte
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Brigitte J. wrote:

fluorescent shop lights placed very close above the seedlings to provide the light they crave. If the bending over is just due to their "long legs", and not a damping off disease, you may be able to save them by repotting them. Plant them a little deeper in the new soil, even up to where the leaves branch out from the stem, and you may be able to save a large portion of them. Most of all give them light!! Bill
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Are you using artificial lighting? If so then the light needs to be very close to the plants - almost touching if using flourescent. Move it up when the plants start to touch it.
Make sure you don't water too much.
Dale
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More light...
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il Tue, 06 Apr 2004 12:28:14 GMT, "Brigitte J." ha scritto: It's called etiolation. they are stretching out to get light. if you provide close light, just be aware not to burn them. Put 'em out in a sheltered spot in daytime if possible, then bring them in at night. If they get too stretched start over again.
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