One thing I can speak to… this year will be my 3rd year growing. My first year started out very similar to yours @NewTobaccoGrower . In the picture there are big pieces of wood or debris in the soil. If some of those big pieces are under the top of the soil where the roots are trying to grow, it can delay growth for sure! Last year I picked up cheap cheap cheap soil from the grocery store and it had a lot of sand and other various items in it (rocks, various pieces of plastic, etc.). A well put together like @deluxestogie & @wruk53 suggested is worth its weight in gold! Lighting I started with little LED’s that were very low in wattage. Very similar if not the same as the one I see in your pics with the arms on them. They have been helping with over winterizing some plants, but not very good for seed starting. I ended up upgrading to this relatively inexpensive LED light with a dimmable attached knob on it to ramp up the light intensity as more growth occurred.Thanks guys, you are all very helpful, I really appreciate the input. By the way I completely forgot about this other batch of Yellow Bud tobacco I'd planted 9 days ago-- different container, this time no plastic cover (except for plastic cling rap for only a day or two), but the SAME soil. And the same bad lighting of course, except that these at least got to sit on a sunny southward windowsill because the container is small enough. These sprouted on Day Two, which really excited me because I was thinking wow, maybe this batch will be different and will grow well. Nope, what you see here in this photo I just took are plants which are the SAME size as they were over a week ago when they sprouted. Once again, they have "frozen" in their growth, even though this is a different variety under different conditions, except for the soil and the bad lighting. So I agree with you guys, the bad soil is likely the culprit, exacerbated by bad lighting. For my next batch I'll use the soil mixture you guys recommend, and I will either toss or wash with hot water and soap any tools or implements that touched the bad soil.