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cfbloom
Marengo, IL

April 19, 2010
6:55 PM

Post #7719619

I've been starting from seed for over 20 years.
A couple things that increase successful transplants. You absolutely have to "harden off" the seedlings.
I mix soil from the garden at a minimum 50/50 with peat/ sterile soil. I used to sterilize the garden soil by baking or boiling, but the few that die from "damping off" weren't hardy enough to survive anyway.
I supplement 14 hours of grow lights with taking the seedlings outside at every opportunity. It takes a little extra work, but direct sunlight gives off a wider spectrum of light from infrared to ultraviolet that the grow light s lack. Wind, rain, cold into the 30s (bring them in before it drops below freezing) and heat produce hardy, stout little plants that are easily transplanted into the garden.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 19, 2010
9:12 PM

Post #7719997

Great tips, cfbloom. I thought after posting the article I should've addressed hardening off, as it's a very important element to ensuring your seedling survive. Thanks for sharing.

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