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Shop light for seed starting

Cleburne, TX(Zone 8a)

This is the first time I've used my shop light stand since 2012. Had great results starting seeds for veggies and flowers back then and have it all set up again but now cannot remember what temperature needs to be maintained for germination. Help, please.

This message was edited Mar 13, 2016 7:57 AM

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

I found your post interesting because I've never started seeds indoors so I didn't really think about temperature. Sooo...I decided to do a little research.

I'm sure you'll hear from others that are really experienced in indoor.seed starting, but in the meantime maybe the info below will be some help.

The first is a link from Old Farmers Almanac about starting seeds and they mention temperature as part of their info.

The second is a screen shot from Burpee Seeds showing just the info on temps.

Hope this is a start until others stop by to give you more info.

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Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

It depends what seeds your starting they have different temperature requirements,

Cleburne, TX(Zone 8a)

Well... wish I would have kept better record back in 2011-2012 when I started lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and flowers on my 4-shelf shop light stand we built from PVC. In fact, had such great results that I had way too many plants and it was too much work. So sold that 4-shelf stand and only kept a single layer stand. Lots of discussion on DG back then but evidently we cannot access previous discussions going back that many yars. Guess I'll just have to experiment with temp this year and keep better notes.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

Here is a thread I found where you mentioned the PVC light stand you built. Your post was December 13, 2010. This is page 5 of the thread so I don't know if there is more helpful info on the other pages.

This next thread has nothing to do with temperature, but It was interesting. It was one where you asked about labeling seeds for trading. I didn't know if you still had this info so I figured I would post the link.

I will continue to look for info that might be of some help as I have time.

Edited to add two more links:

This message was edited Mar 12, 2016 4:07 PM

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

All the info about your posts and the threads you've started are on your homepage under My Info. At least they are for me and they go back for years. There were some problems with them but I think they have been fixed.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

You're right, it has gotten better. I still can't say for sure that it's everything, but it is a lot and it goes back pretty far. For a while there were only a couple of years which was frustrating.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

I came across this really cool spreadsheet put together by a DG member in 2009. I plan to save it as I think it could be very useful. Hope it is helpful to you, too.

edited because I forgot to add the link to the entire thread the spreadsheet came from.

This message was edited Mar 12, 2016 6:23 PM

Cleburne, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks for all the links. I am having difficulty navigating the "new" DG.

Cleburne, TX(Zone 8a)

nutsaboutnature: That spreadsheet is what I had been searching for. Thanks for posting it. Once I had specific words to search for on my computer, there it was !!! Too many files or maybe too many hobbies. LOL.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

Dogs_N_Petunias ~ Glad to help.
BTW, you can NEVER have too many hobbies. My biggest problem is storing all the stuff for all my hobbies. :o)

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

That spreadsheet is at the very top of the Propagation forum. It's a Sticky so it's always there.

The funny thing is that's not how I found it, mainly because of the title, "When to Sow Spreadsheet". I was actually looking in the Community Tags for things related to Temperature. So there it was, right in front of both of us.

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