The Q&A Archives: Starting Seeds Indoors

Question: What is the earliest time to start seeds indoors for outdoor transplant (Zone 4)? Can all plants be grown from seed, indoors, indefinitely? Richard Maher Glens Falls, NY

Answer: The first bit of information you have to know is the average last date of frost in your area. Glens Falls should be around May 15th. Almost all seed companies provide information (usually given in weeks) on the seed packet on the length of time seeds can be started before setting outside. This will vary from plant to plant. Plants cannot be grown from seed indoors indefinitely. The level of light intensity inside the house is insufficient for most plants. To reproduce the intensity of light produced by the sun in an indoor setting is almost impossible....and alot of plants require full sun. There are some plants that can be grown indoors from seed and will grow indefinitely..begonias, for example....these plants tolerate low levels of light..

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