Northeast Gardening forum: LED Lighting for seed starting - First attempt.

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Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 18, 2017 11:43 AM CST
23 February 2017 Starting Tomato Seeds (Black Krim)
Posted on February 23, 2017 by Durgan

http://durgan.org/2017/Februar... 23 February 2017 Starting Tomato Seeds(Black Krim)
Five pots of black Krim tomato seeds were started. Last year seed was placed between two sheets of paper towel to confirm viability. Some innovations this year. Five pots are placed in a 23 liter bucket with a fan and a LED light. For now it is an experimental set-up. Main purpose is to see if large stem plants can be obtained. After the plants are established they will be accommodated in the greenhouse utilizing Sunlight.

http://durgan.org/2017/Februar... 25 February 2017 Tomato Seedlings
Two days after planting sprouted seed they have grown. The light used is a LED, 18 watt consumption, (90Watt equivalent) bright white,1500 lumens from Home Depot. Fan for moving air. Temperature is about 28C.

http://durgan.org/2017/March%2... 2 March 2017 Black Krim Tomatoes
Seven days growth. The lighting system is a success. The plants are strong an not leggy.



http://durgan.org/2017/March%2...
Twenty two days under LED lamp. Very successful seed start.
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Durgan Zone 5a
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 18, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Sounds like you are doing really well!! Thumbs up
Name: Marilyn
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RobinD
Mar 19, 2017 7:02 AM CST
Wow....I'm impressed....my pots are sitting on the only sunny plant ledge I have....it faces the southwest....nothing is sprouted yet, but hopefully it will take a few more days for mine...they do get leggy, but I bury the stems when I plant them out, & they usually do well......
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 19, 2017 7:32 AM CST
RobinD said:Wow....I'm impressed....my pots are sitting on the only sunny plant ledge I have....it faces the southwest....nothing is sprouted yet, but hopefully it will take a few more days for mine...they do get leggy, but I bury the stems when I plant them out, & they usually do well......


Leggy plants are a pain. I try to use as much Sun as is available, but some years it is little. This relatively cheap cool LED lighting seems to be the answer. The pail works reasonably well. I would prefer a smaller fan, but it seems are not readily available.

Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
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Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 19, 2017 8:12 PM CST


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Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 20, 2017 7:15 AM CST
The plants do look good! I buy most of mine from White Flower Farm which is located just up the road a piece......
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 20, 2017 10:25 AM CST
I agree The tomato seedlings look wonderful.
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 22, 2017 5:25 PM CST

The light used is a LED, 18 watt consumption, (90Watt equivalent) bright white,1500 lumens from Home Depot.. About $20.00. There were some similar but slightly less wattage. No heat emitted to be a problem. The fitting is a trouble light used on cars . The bucket is a 23 liter pail with a small fan in the bottom with some holes burned in the bottom of the pail. I used a cheap soldering iron to make the vent holes.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 23, 2017 7:24 AM CST
Wish I was handy....guess I could buy a light & set it up somehow.....
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 23, 2017 6:00 PM CST
RobinD said:Wish I was handy....guess I could buy a light & set it up somehow.....


The light used is a LED, 18 watt consumption, (90Watt equivalent) bright white,1500 lumens from Home Depot.. About $20.00. There were some similar but slightly less wattage. No heat emitted to be a problem. The fitting is a trouble light used on cars . The bucket is a 23 liter pail with a small fan in the bottom with some holes burned in the bottom of the pail. I used a cheap soldering iron to make the vent holes.

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Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 24, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Looks like a great set up....glad it works well for you!
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Mar 24, 2017 10:22 AM CST
http://durgan.org/2017/March%2... 24 March 2017 Black Krim Seedlings
Growth from germination after 30 days indicating the efficiency of relatively cheap LED lamps from the local hardware store.These lamps are cool running and should revolutionize home growing under lights.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 25, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Your plants are lovely....you'll be eating tomatoes in June!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Apr 15, 2017 4:11 AM CST

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How are they doing?
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
May 2, 2017 3:13 PM CST
http://durgan.org/2017/March%2... 26 March 2017 Black Krim to larger pots
The cup pots were getting too small for the Black Krim tomato plant roots, so were moved to larger pots. The pots were placed in containers to facilitate bottom watering. Plants will be kept in the greenhouse until ready for outdoor planting about 25 of May. They are on a heating pad, since the greenhouse is inadequately heated if temperature falls much below freezing.

The plants are huge now in the greenhouse. still have a month before planting in the outdoor garden.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
May 3, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Very healthy looking plants ...mine are very small still......
Name: Allison
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May 4, 2017 3:56 AM CST

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Looking great

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