The Q&A Archives: Seed Germination

Question: I see many heating coils on the market, yet have been told to start seeds in an unheated area. Which seeds need warmth to germinate?

Answer: Generally speaking, seeds germinate best at soil temperatures of about 70F degrees. There are exceptions, but a warm (room temperature), dark area, like on top of the refrigerator, would be a good place to germinate seeds.<br><br>Heating coils are best used for germinating the seeds of warm-season vegetables, like tomatoes and peppers, that prefer soil temperatures of 80F - 85F degrees. Eggplant seeds like the soil temperature to be 90F degrees.<br><br>Most flower seeds will tolerate soil temperatures of65F to 75F degrees (about room temperature, so no additional heat is required).<br><br>So, unless you're starting heat loving seeds, or live in an exceptionally cold house, you probably don't need heating coils.

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