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A Roaster To Aid in Seed Starting

By patrob
January 27, 2012

Place pots in which you have sown seeds that need warmth to germinate in an electric roaster with the lid on and set on 85 to 90 degrees. (Check the temperature of your roaster first by heating a cup of water in it for a few hours and adjusting the temperature to the desired setting. The correct setting will likely be below the first temperature printed on the dial, and the light indicating heating may not come on often.) Check to see whether seedlings have emerged after the third day and then every day after that.

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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2012 6:06 PM CST
What an interesting idea! Although we have lots of heat and humidity in my area and I've never used extra heat for seed germination, this would come in handy in the winter months when we have occasional cold weather. I think I might look for a used Roaster at the thrift stores the next time I'm out and about shopping for bargains!
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Onewish1
Jan 26, 2012 6:16 PM CST
nice.. looks like a nice garage sale thing!!!!
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sheryl
Jan 26, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Yeah, I was thinking Goodwill, lol...
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Marilyn
Jan 26, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Who's that adorable little doggie, Sheryl? Lovey dubby Green Grin!
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sheryl
Jan 26, 2012 7:20 PM CST
Little Miss Jasmine, my foster pup. Lovey dubby
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Onewish1
Jan 26, 2012 7:24 PM CST
oohh I do have that goodwill store close to here!!
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sheryl
Jan 26, 2012 7:25 PM CST
There ya go!
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Marilyn
Jan 26, 2012 7:54 PM CST
Sheryl,

She's adorable and cute! Green Grin! Thumbs up

How old is she?
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LindaTX8
Jan 26, 2012 11:43 PM CST
Hmm. I've never even had one of those!
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Horseshoe
Jan 27, 2012 11:24 AM CST
I have one exactly like in the picture! That's pretty much my main "oven" in the shoffice! And with the temperature dial (vs one that is simply "low" or "high" like some are) would certainly allow you to choose your preferred temperature.

By the way, even brand new those units are only about $29.00 at Wally World. Not only good for following patrob's suggestion but great for cooking in so you don't have to heat up a whole oven just for a small casserole, chicken, etc, especially in the heat of summer when you don't want to give your AC a workout!

Shoe (who's started seeds in his kitchen stove before just using the light bulb...keep that in mind, too)
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sheryl
Jan 29, 2012 7:35 AM CST
3 months, Marilyn.

Wow, I didn't know they were that inexpensive. Thanks, Shoe!
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stephanietx
Feb 1, 2012 11:50 AM CST
What a brilliant idea!!
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Bubbles
Feb 28, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Timely information, for sure! I've never had a roaster, but I think I'll look for one. Liked Shoe's suggestion for using the oven also. The only thing I cook in there is cookies!
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CarolineScott
Feb 28, 2013 9:29 AM CST
A great idea for those seeds which need the higher temperatures.

I bought a cheap aluminum foil roasting pan which has a clear plastic lid.
Going to place peat pots of seeds in it. I'll vent the lid slightly.

But your idea is even better! I'll be looking for one of those.
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patrob
Feb 28, 2013 10:22 AM CST
I am late starting tomatoes this year. Four days ago I mixed vermiculite and sifted peat moss to fill 28 little pots, sowed tomato seeds,and put the pots in the roaster. This morning I took 21 pots out of the roaster with little tomato plants already up. A few hours of sunlight will green them up: Thumb of 2013-02-28/patrob/d650b3

Today I am planning to sow the next batch of tomatoes as well as some peppers and eggplants.
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sheryl
Mar 2, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Impressive!
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