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Question: first year at starting seeds in the house.. have tomatoes, onions,brussel sprouts, and geranium and sunflowers. have a two bulb 4 foot light with the bulbs for plants .... how close does the light need to be after the seeds are up and three inches.. and how long does the light need to be on?

Answer: Good questions! The shop lights will provide adequate light for your seedlings. As soon as the seeds sprout, place the lights about 2-3 inches above the tops of the plants and move the lights up as the seedlings grow. If the lights are not close enough to the seedlings they will be leggy. Keep the lights on for 12-14 hours a day and your seedlings should be stout and ready for transplant in the spring. Best wishes with your veggies!

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