If you have already planted tomato, lettuce or other seeds and your plants have germinated, don't forget to rotate the trays, allowing a different side to face the sun each day.
Grower Lafayette Powell of Deerehaven Farm LLC in Surry says rotating the trays or plant pots each day prevents the plant stems from bending or curving toward the direction of the sunlight.
Plants that aren’t rotated will grow with crooked stems and can grow toward the ground. Though many plants will produce fruit despite their deformity, those with bent stems make staking difficult.
For those with baby tomato plants, Powell suggests transplanting them from the trays to two-inch peat pots or pots where they should grow for about two weeks before a second transplanting to a four-inch pot.
Rotate seedling trays and plants daily to avoid bending stems