The Q&A Archives: How to start impatiens indoors

Question: What is the correct way to start impatien seeds at home? Under light? Cover seeds with soil? Cover container with plastic? And what temp for germination? Also what conditions for starting pepper seeds? Bill Long

Answer: Although dark isn't required for germination, a lot of people find that a little covering of vermiculite or seedling mix will help maintain the moisture better. The ideal SOIL temperature for impatiens is 71 to 76 degrees F. Maximum germ should be within 14 days. If a plastic covering is used, it should be removed at about 7 days. After germination, the plants should be grown on at 70 to 75 days and 60 to 65 degree nights, with light shading. After 1 tranplant, the seedlings should be ready to go outside 8 weeks from seeding. Pepper seeds will do best under similar conditions with a covering essential.

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