Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting Seeds Indoors

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    Starting Seeds Indoors

    For those of you that may want to develop the skill of growing your own plants, so you are less dependent on others, here is the way I do it; it hasn't failed me yet.

    This assumes you have already chosen what to grow, and selected your seeds according to your needs (hybrid vs open-pollination)



    You will need the following:

    Potting soil (don't use seed starting mix, it is too light, and doesn't absorb water well)
    Seeds
    Seed trays (use the jumbo trays, don't use the ones with 72 or more cells, there isn't enough room for the roots to grow)
    A regular hanging florescent light (at least one - don't bother with the special grow bulbs, they're overpriced, and regular bulbs work just as well).
    A place to put it all (Mine is in my laundry room, on a shelf, with the lights hanging from the ceiling) - try to keep the temperature in the room at least 70

    Other helpful items

    Space heater (to keep the temperature above 70, it beats wasting whole-house heat just to heat one room)
    Surge protector (so you just flip a switch to turn your light(s) off)


    Step One

    Set up your light. I hang mine from hooks in the ceiling (pictures below). This took about 20 minutes to do, including finding the joists, and drilling a crude pilot hole.










    Step Two

    Fill your trays almost to the top with soil, then water this soil very well. It will compact a little, but don't worry about it.


    Step Three

    Plant your seeds on top of the wet soil. Press them into it gently. Cover them with dry topsoil to the depth stated on the seed pack.


    Step Four

    Very gently soak the dry topsoil (I put water in my hand and let it run very gently onto the soil). If you would have planted the seeds in the dry soil then watered it, they may have been pushed down too deep, and then they won't germinate.


    Step Five

    If your base tray that should have come with your tray kit does not have standing water in it, put a little bit of water in it (1/4'' ought to do it).


    Step Six

    Put your tray under your light and check it every day or so. Turn your light on for about 12-14 hours a day once something sprouts. Keep the light about 1-2'' away from the plants. Too close or too far isn't a big deal, but the more precise you are, the better your plants are.


    Step Seven

    Fill the base tray with water when the soil in the planting trays is not moist (bottom watering reduces erosion of the potting soil).




    I will do another one soon, hopefully, about hardening plants off before transplanting them into your garden.
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    That may be legal in Colorado. Not too sure about your state.
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    I'm from Kentucky... growing plants indoors so nobody sees them is actually taught in the skoolz.
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    Awesome advice are those "Better Boy" plants by chance
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    I prefer LED lights to tube florescent lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceoky View Post
    Awesome advice are those "Better Boy" plants by chance
    Thanks. Those are Burpee SuperSauce tomatoes. They're a hybrid, but I haven't found a good paste tomato that does well in my area that is open-pollinated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutWestSystems View Post
    I prefer LED lights to tube florescent lights.
    I've never tried LED lights. When one of my fluorescent bulbs goes, I'll have to try a set out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    I've never tried LED lights. When one of my fluorescent bulbs goes, I'll have to try a set out.
    I have migraines, me and fluorescent and not friends. The advantage with the LED is you can get more controlled wavelengths for what those plants need and also spend a lot less on electricity. Make sure you do some good research to get the right light for what you are growing. Remember LEDs have a very small wavelength range so the light has to be designed properly.

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    You can't beat natural light. It's free!

    Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors

    These greenhouses are so cool! However, I'm sure my neighbors would sue.

    A coldframe might be ok, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I'm from Kentucky... growing plants indoors so nobody sees them is actually taught in the skoolz.
    Is distillation taught as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Is distillation taught as well?

    Well.........
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    Many years ago I made a two tier PVC light stand from plans I found in a garden magazine. It cost me very little since I had the four shop lights already. I know I still have the plans around here somewhere the problem is I just don't know where atm. A quick google lead me to the following site. Its not quite what I have but it gives you the idea and more importantly instructions and material list for those fledgling do-it-yourselfers. If you have the room to spare you might give it a go. My only held 4 plant trays so it was narrower. I got several years of enjoyment from mine until I parked it in a corner of my basement. I will be digging out again soon since my tomato seed on top of my refrigerator have sprouted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    That may be legal in Colorado. Not too sure about your state.
    +1 on the racks from Caretaker.

    My wife started a bunch of perennial flowers from seeds once. She built racks out of PVC and hung the lights on it. From the outside at night the house looked like it was going to take off into warp speed. I thought for sure we were going to get raided for growing MJ.

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