Zone 7b Southeastern PA
quote:Originally posted by brownrexx:OK, I'm going to start some tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower and cabbage from seeds this year. I have grown celery from seed in peat pots on the windowsill for the last 2 years but I have never grown anything else indoors. I have learned much by reading threads here but I would appreciate any advice. Here is what I plan:Buy some trays and cell packs and use soiless mix not potting soil.Water from the bottom.Use fluorescent lights and keep only a few inches above the plants.Use scissors to cut off extra plants.I made a chart telling me when to start depending on the last frost date.If you see anything that I missed, please let me know because I am new at this. The main thing I was wondering is how much light should I give them (how many hours per day?)Thanks
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quote:Originally posted by lukeclaudia:Wow! What a lot of info to digest! My only concern is the seed starting medium- I don't want to spend a bunch of $ mixing something myself, and then having it not work. I also don't really want to transplant more than once- from the pot, to the garden. I have a bunch of yogurt containers that I saved, but if I can find a tray with cells big enough, I would rather use that than mix my own. I'll be doing no more than 30 indoors- but I was not aware that I needed to start watermelon indoors- maybe I should add that to my list- I thought it was best direct seeded like other melons.
quote:Originally posted by billkoe:Breezy, the seed-starting medium is really inexpensive - and sterile. I get Jiffy starting mix when it's on sale.
quote:Originally posted by lukeclaudia:Do you think a 6 oz yogurt container will get a seedling 6-8 weeks?
quote:Originally posted by billkoe: I put a single incandescent light over that for warmth. Once they've germinated they don't need as much heat and I move them under fluorescent lights and remove the lid.