Seed Starting Help - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Becky Houser
Seymour, TN
Question by beckysrose
August 11, 1998
I want to start my seeds indoors this winter. Mine are always tall and wirey. What king of lighting do I need to get. I think I can save money and have alot more flowers by growing from seed.


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Answer from NGA
August 11, 1998

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A very bright window is a good start, but you usually need a bank of flourescent lights for best results. Two fixtures that are 4 feet long and hold two flourescent bulbs each works great. Select one "grow light" and one "cool white" bulb for each fixture. Place the fixtures a few inches above the plants for best results. It is a good idea to hang the fixtures in a way that allows you to raise them as the plants grow.

Avoid over-fertilizing and over-watering your seedlings. This will also help reduce the spindly growth problems you described. A good web site for more information is:

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/env...

Thanks for the quesiton and good luck with your seeds!

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