Seeds starting indoor - Knowledgebase Question

Federal Way, Wa
Question by audreyhjense
February 22, 2010
When in the Pacific NW can we start seeds indoors and what type of lighting would be required for seedlings of varies veggies; container gardening?


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Answer from NGA
February 22, 2010

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You can start your seeds indoors now and they will be large enough to transplant out into the garden in late April. That's a good time to plant because the soil and air temperatures will be warm enough to encourage good growth.

Growing seedlings under fluorescent tubes will often produce the best results. I use a pair of standard 4 to 6 foot fluorescent "shop" lights. Use a fixture with chains that will allow the lights to be easily adjusted up and down. Once germination occurs, the light should be practically on top of the seedlings ? no more than an inch away. Simply move the light fixture up as the seedlings get taller. Light duration is important! Sixteen hours a day is fine. Too little, and they will not develop properly.

Best wishes with your seed starting venture!

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