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Thread: Do you start your own seeds indoors and, if so, how?

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    Default Do you start your own seeds indoors and, if so, how?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Yes. I start mine in mid April or so. I start each seed in a seed tray - about 2" diameter and 3" deep soil for each. After a couple of weeks I transplant them to 4" pots where they grow until ready to go outside. I do mine under fluorescent lights for 18 hours a day with a 6 hour dark period. A week before moving them outside I harden them off by placing them outdoors in the shade for a couple of days, indoors at night, and then gradually increasing the time they're exposed to dappled and thereafter direct sunlight.

    I've only been gardening for ~4 years, but I've found that starting your own seeds is actually really easy. I've not had to buy starts at all.

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    One thing I would add to Brian's method is that I use warming mats when starting them. I start in soil or peat pots. Some of my planters I will plant directly into the planter, skipping the trays.
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    Do you use lights? And if so, what type? If you used 3" pots how many could you get under the system you use?

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    I have a hodge podge of lights. T5s and T8s in 4 (semi) permanent fixtures. If it gets cold I might fire up the 1000w metal halide. The lemons like that.

    I never counted, but I could get 4 trays under each light, depending on fixture height. 12 pots per tray....couple hundred I guess. I have been that dumb before. When you graduate up to 3 or 5 gallon pots it gets crowded.



    The high bay can drop down as can the brown T5 seen straight ahead (end view). The T8 on right is just a 2 bulb, but gets plenty of use as a fixed.
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