Seeds forum: Good results with the Sun Blaze T5 48 - 4' (8 Lamps)

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Apr 17, 2012 6:35 PM CST
I've had very good results growing from seed under the Sun Blaze lighting fixture that I got for Christmas last December. Here are some photos of one of my propagation tables:

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Here's a list of everything I'm growing from seed:

Aquilegia Winky Double
Aquilegia Sunburst Ruby
Aquilegia William Guinness
Aquilegia Winky Double Dark Blue & White
Aquilegia Heavenly Blue Start
Coleus Chocolate Mint
Coleus Kong Green
Coleus Emotions Passionate
Coleus Kong Mosaic
Coleus Giant Exhibition Scarlet Magma
Coleus Giant Exhibition Marble
Coleus Giant Exhibition Tartan
Coleus Versa Rose to Lime
Coleus Kong Rose
Coleus Giant Exhibition Chivalry
Coleus Black Dragon
Coleus Coral Sunrise
Coleus Versa Crimson Gold
Coleus Kong Red
Coreopsis Quills and Thrills
Dahlia Decorative Giants
Dahlia Pompoms
Gazania Daybreak Red Stripe
Gazania Kiss Frosty White Flame
Gazania Daybreak Orange Cream
Heliotrope Blue Wonder
Malva Zebrina
Morning Glory Pretty n Pink
Rudbeckia Cherokee
Sunflower Ring of Fire
Spilanthese Oleracea Toothache Plant
Verbeana Tuscany Blue
Verbena Mango
Zinnia Elegans Envy
Zinnia Whirligig
Zinnia Queen Red Line
Zinnia Giant Dahlia
Zinnia Giant Cactus Mix
Zinnia Zinnita Mix
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Apr 18, 2012 2:10 PM CST

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Very nice. Everything looks healthy!

Is that seed started set the bottom watering one from Lee Valley? If so, do you like it?

Karen

Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Roses Bulbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Peonies
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Mike
Apr 18, 2012 2:54 PM CST
Yes, Karen, I like it very much. It has performed well, just as advertized.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Apr 18, 2012 3:21 PM CST

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Thanks, Mike. I might try those next year. I've used the APS system from Gardener's Supply. I just have 2 of the little "windowsill" size. They work really well, but they're made of styrofoam, and I broke one. Yours look comparable, but longer lasting.

I've seen those on Lee Valley's site before.

Karen
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Apr 19, 2012 3:51 AM CST

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I like the lee valley ones too.. the water level thing makes it easy to see if something in the back row needs water.. just have to be sure to use the right mix.. or it can get too wet.. the coir was no good .. I really like my Hydrofarm T5 setup as well
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 26, 2012 12:45 PM CST
Allison, is that your picture with your wintersown seedlings at the bottom, using yellow label tape? Are you using the tape over a mini blind slat? Do you have a picture of your indoor lighting system set up?
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
May 26, 2012 8:16 PM CST

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they are tags from novesel.. the tape fits them perfectly.. but you can use mini blinds.. they bend if you plant them in the ground sometimes... it annoys me so I get the stronger ones for the beds.. I have a couple of set ups.. let me see what I can find
small stand
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I added a 6 bulb system under a plastic folding table from costco.. got real hot under there .. wasn't too good.. this is an old shot before the big light was in
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will have to dig around for a shot of the industrial shelving Randy brought home from his old job.. they were racks an auto place would store parts on.. super strong.. and they were free!!!.. we only had to buy ply wood for shelves.. have those in two rooms
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bought this bakers rack at HD this year.. of course I moved the lights closer
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will look for the pulled back shot of the big racks
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
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Onewish1
May 26, 2012 8:42 PM CST

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finally found them... this is when we first put them in.. added chains and hooks to the lights.. and the table top has the same t5 6 bulb set up now.. with really long ropes I can lower and raise it with
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more or less the same industrial rack set up in the basement.. but much larger .. and I took some shelves out to keep the bigger plants like my figs this year.. the basement is the get watered when I remember place.. so I usually keep bigger pots down there with older dormant plants like my begonias, agastache and anything I overwinter

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