Cover Seedling With A Plastic Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Skokie, IL
Question by stunancey
April 22, 2000
I AM GOING TO START PLANTING SEEDS INSIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN THE PLASTIC CELLS WITH THE DIRT, FERTLIZER INCLUDED WITH A PLASTIC DOME.

AFTER THE SEEDS BEGIN TO SPROUT, I WILL TAKE OFF THE PLASTIC DONE, CAN I THAN TAKE THE CELLS OUTSIDE PUT THEM ON A WOODEN BENCH, COVER THEM WITH A CLEAR TENT LIKE PLASTIC COVER, AND LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE UNTIL THEY ARE BIG ENOUGH TO TRANSPLANT TO THE GROUND, OR DO I HAVE TO SPEND THAT EXTRA MONEY AND BUY THE LIGHTS. I HAVE A BIG GARDEN AND I BROUGHT A LOT OF SEED PACKS.


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Answer from NGA
April 22, 2000

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Once the seeds have germinated you can set them outside as long as the temperatures are moderate and they are sheltered from wind. The reason for this is that they will dry out rapidly in wind or warm temperatures. The plastic covering may be helpful at night to protect them from cold, but during the day it may cause them to overheat much as a closed car will heat up. You might try putting them in a sheltered spot with morning sun and see how it goes. Remember too that you may have to bring them indoors or cover them with frost blankets and plastic if temperatures dip. Some of the more sensitive plants such as tomatoes should not be exposed to temperatures below about 45 degrees. Good luck with your seedlings!

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