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Definition of soil temperature

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Definition as written by Terry:

Soil temperatures are as (if not more) important to proper seed germination than air temperature.

Tender bulbs, such as caladiums, should be planted only when soil temperatures are warm enough to induce sprouting - cold spring soil can cause the bulbs to rot instead of sprout. The same holds true for many warm-season crops such as corn, okra, and melons.

A thermometer with a long prong can be plunged into the ground to accurately assess the soil temperature.

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