Our local newspaper garden columnist recommended flourescent bulbs for starting seedlings inside a couple of years ago, and specified that one bulb should be cooler and one warmer - Kelvin temperature. I think we have 6000 and 3600 bulbs from Home Depot, and they have worked great for the last few seasons. Everything seems to grow into nice, strong seedlings.
I use regular flourescent bulbs, but you need to be able to keep them very close to the plants. We have had a few nice days here and there when I can get them outside. If you ease your plants into it, I would think at least during the day, most will be fine outside
Success consists of a series of little daily victories.
I have a lean too hot house in my garage with florescent lights which I keep my drawf fruit trees in during the winter and also start veggies and fruits for the spring in it. I have a little heater for it also. It works out great. I am on the east coast also and winter has been bad. Good luck with your planting.
I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do
I was given an Aerogarden as a gift, so I plan my seeds in pellets, and cover then. I leave then on top of my refrigerator until they have sprouted and then move then under the Aerogarden lights which can be adjusted as they grow, if necessary. I leave them there until they are ready to be hardenedoff for planting outdoors. I have also used the wall o' water for my tomato plants, so they can be transplanted to the garden much earlier in the season.
I buy the cheap starters that you can get anywhere, with the pellets & lit that works as a green house, I don't know if I'm explaining that well. Anyway, I have a floresent light in my kitchen, so I put them above my cupboards, I have a shelf & they do GREAT! They get tons of light from the kitchen ligh & the windows. Infact, I just started them last week & already have plants! Now, the weather needs to cooperate so I can get them outside!
Hi! I'm in zone 5 and moved my seedlings to a mini greenhouse. You can find them on Amazon just search for "mini greenhouse" I think they're around $35.00. I actually bought mine at a family dollar store 4 years ago and last year I noticed even my supermarket was selling them. It has 4 shelves and you can roll up the plastic door during the hottest part of the day so they don't overheat. I also have a cold frame with an arm that opens it automatically but I find myself using the cheaper mini more often. I start everything from seed and I also have had so much luck with the "wall o waters" for tomatoes that I bought more for this year so I can plant them a month earlier (like tomorrow if it ever stops raining!!). I'm bound and determined to pick a tomato by the 4th of July!!
I start seeds every year indoors (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, basil, dill, etc. etc.) I bought flourescent (sp?) 4 ft. shop lights that you can get in Home Depot. FOr a couple of the lights I bought the plant bulbs, but for the rest I just used the flourescent light bulbs. I grow them under these lights until they need to be hardened.
This has worked REALLY well - you would never know that they're not grown in real sunlight! The shop lights cost less than $10 and the bulbs were maybe $4 each. Each light needs two bulbs. The plant grow lights were more expensive, but honestly, I have not noticed any difference between the quality of the plants grown under the plant lights - it's probably not worth the extra $$)
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Pounds lost: 6.0
Fitness Minutes: (35,789) Posts: 2,018 4/29/11 2:04 P
I guess it depends on what you are growing too. I utterly suck at keeping seedlings alive indoors, fact of life I have to deal with.
Here's what I did this year. I planted on March 27th, I'm in NJ and anyone who lives in this area will know we've had quite a few frosts since then. Actually the day after I planted it went down to the low 30s
I bought two mini greenhouses ($100 for both) on ebay and planted flowers and veggies (sunflowers, wild flowers, cosmos, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers) in one - the second one came much later so I haven't put it up yet. Right now my sunflowers are about 4-5 inches high I also have other things coming up, not sure if they are flowers or veggies, those are about 2 inches.
So remember how I said that one of the greenhouses came much later, well I was determined to plant my squash bed that day too so what I did was take used plastic milk/water/large vinegar jugs ($0) and cut the bottoms off. I used those as mini cold frames. I planted cukes, zucchs, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and calabasa (edible pumpkin). The butternut squash, calabasa and the spaghetti squash are doing beautifully the cukes and zucches I had to reseed. Not sure if it was the seeds or the method. Both seed packs were given to me by a friend. If these don't germinate then I'll know what it is. The squash that's up has nice hardy leaves and is well beyond the seedling stage. I'm thrilled it worked. I planted corn and more flowers like echinacea and nasturtium on April 24th, I also use the plastic containers that veggies come in, seltzer bottles etc. I don't drink milk or bottled water so I used giant vinegar jugs and my in-laws gave me their used jugs. I'll admit it don't look pretty but I don't care.
I posted about the March 27th planting in my blog if you want to check it out. I haven't photographed the plants yet, hopefully will do that in the next week or two.
I hope this helps! I was really happy that so much did come up especially since we had a cold March & early April.
We are having a very cold spring and my indoor seedlings I started last week will not be able to stay indoors even in a bright and sunny window or they will get long and spindely. What's the best option: provide a plant light (cost?), make a cold-frame? What are your experiences? Any input appreciated.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.