Planted seeds not too long ago, haven't grown tomatoes in ages. Had som
weeds or something grow and now I have what I believe to be tomat
seedlings. If any one could give me some help would be great thanks
Are they in the ground or in pots?
If they are in pots, keep them at least at 75F (24C) and put shop lights
or grow lights directly over them but not touching them. Don't let soil
go dry but don't over water (not soggy). On good days, put them outside.
If they are in the ground, get row covers (small green houses to keep
them warm). Check with your local nursery.
They are not in the ground as the weather is very poor at the curren
moment, they are in a seed tray, at the moment I have 1 seedling whic
I can't be sure it's a tomato so i thought I would just leave that on
to grow to see what it grows to be. How much will this grow-shop ligh
cost and are there any alternatives? Thanks for your help, I am jus
getting back into gardening after a long time, hopefully I'll hav
something to show for it soon.
Grow lights and shop lights are two separate types of lights. I don't
have any experience with the shop lights but other posters to this sight
have said that they will get your plants up and growing (some plants
require light for germination). Shop lights are larger and/or cheaper
than grow lights. To raise plants under lights or to get them ready for
transplanting into the garden, you will need grow lights or a very sunny
I don't remember how much my 24" grow lights cost (lights and hood) but
two florescent replacements cost me $26 + shipping = $37. I purchased
from http://homeharvest.com . It may be a place to look to get an idea of
what's available. I make no recommendation because I was rushed and just
wanted to plug a problem. Most likely other posters will have some
I can't remember if I mentioned that a hot pad, set on low, underneath
the germination trays will greatly aid in the germination of your seeds.
I put mine under an inverted rectangular, metal, cookie sheet to spread
the warmth. That ensemble is inside a plastic bag with the germinating
tray resting on the plastic bag. Underneath all is a towel for
occasional moisture and 2" above the germinating tray are the florescent
I'm presently trying to germinate cabbage and lettuce. Next month,
April, I'll start germinating my core garden plants, tomatoes, zuchs,
cucumbers, melons, and basil. None of which can go into the garden until
Remember, every garden is a revolutionary act.
You could try gently touching them. They have a distinctive smell that
no other plants have. There is a weed that looks like a small tomato
seedling, I've seen it a couple times. (For every plant, there is a
weed that emulates it. -- Gardener's Lament)
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
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