Growing Inpatiens Indoors-- Achieving Proper 75 Degree Soil Temperature - Knowledgebase Question

Mason City, IA
Question by jjkarthur
March 26, 2001
My wife and I are already growing tomatoes from seed indoors seemingly with success. Now we would like to do the same with impatiens. Just need to know how to keep the soil at a 75 degree temperature. By the way, love your products and web site! Thank-you in advance!


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Answer from NGA
March 26, 2001

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Many gardeners will use a source of gentle bottom heat such as a heating cable specifically made for this purpose. Alternatively, try to locate a warm area in your house such as on top of the refrigerator or the top of a heated tropical fish tank or in many cases, a high shelf is warmer than the lower living space in a room. Impatiens will need the warmer soil to germinate and prefers a warm growing temperature but in my experience it will grow on at average household warmth on it has germinated, especially if it is under lights that give out some warmth.

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