The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting Location

Question: Is it possible to start seeds in an unheated basement garage using a grow light? I was unsure if these conditions would be too cold for germinating seeds. What is the ideal temperature range for seed starting? Thank you for your help!

Answer: Your seeds will be far happier if you start them indoors. With few exceptions, seeds prefer to start life in average household temperatures. Depending upon what you're growing, and how warm/cold your garage is, you may be able to move the seedlings out there after they've developed their first set of true leaves. When using fluorescent lights, keep the bulbs about 2" above the tops of the plants (be sure to move the lights up as your seedlings grow!), and keep the lights on 12-16 hours each day, turning them off at night (so the plants can rest). Hope all your seeds grow into healthy, happy plants!

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