The Q&A Archives: Germinating Seeds in SW Florida (Zone 10)

Question: I live in southwest Florida Zone 10, I believe. Is it best to start plants as we did up north with grow lights? Simply sticking the seeds in the ground doesn't seem to work to well. Thanks. DeForest Mathews Marco Island, FL

Answer: If I make the assumption that your soil is sandy, then it would be very well-drained. Seed germination requires a steady supply of moisture. It would be difficult to keep sandy soil moist enough for seed germination, so your idea of starting plants under lights is a good one..

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