The Q&A Archives: Germinating Seedlings Indoors

Question: I'd like to start seedlings indoors; my intent is to purchase a long narrow tray with a ventilated clear plastic lid (from Burpee!) and then to put them indoors by a south facing window. I keep my house at 66-68 degrees, and the plants germinate at 70-75 degrees. Will they germinate all right? Will the temperature of the soil be raised to 70-75? I have seed starter mix and I'll follow instructions for depth of planting etc. Jacqui Elkayam Brooklyn, NY

Answer: Your seeds will like the location you have chosen! A range of 65-75 degrees is quite sufficient for seed germination. Since your seedlings will reach toward the sunshine, you'll need to rotate the tray daily to keep them growing upright.

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