Sure, just make certain that you have decent bottom heat and your room
where you are growing your herbs stays at least 70 degrees F and a max
of 80 F
For bottom heat I suggest you get heating pads ( You can find them at
most gardening web stores) They are a little exspensive but worthwile
for almost perfect germination.
Some plants behave certain ways depending on day length, and there's not a
damned thing you can do to change their minds, even with artificial
lighting. You may want to do some research on the plants you're trying to
Well I'm not sure if you are growing them in a greenhouse or a table
in your basement.
If you have greenhouse lighting is not an issue. Though if you are
using a table in your basement you will need a certain amount of light.
Eight hours is the average light used.
You can also set your plants next to a window and use natural sunlight.
Average for what? Tomatoes? Green Ice lettuce? Mums? Those nasty red plants
people force on each other at Christmas? All behave differently as day
length changes. It's not so much the length of the daylight, but whether
that length is getting longer or shorter.
As you know all plants need light to grow. Not nessesarly sulight but
I run my plant in my greenhouse with 12 to 14 hours of light. Most of
that time is daylight. after the sun sets the lights in the greenhouse
take over. I find my plants grow faster with longer light time. But I
also would never allow the lghts to run all night, it would stress the
plants too much and would kill them.
Max have fun growing
Right, but keep in mind that some plants simply won't function the way you
want unless the length of light changes appropriately. For instance,
shortening days is what makes mums flower, at least the ones that are sold
in the fall all over N. America. And, the nasty red Christmas plants - they
are very specific about their light needs, although I don't recall the
details because I don't like those plants.
I am very fond of poinsettas which you continue to refer to as a
"nasty red Christmas plant". I have never grown them though. I speak
from my exprerience with vegetables and herbs. Max's method is the best
for what he has. The only thing I would add is make sure your window
doesn't have a draft or you will have poor germination.
Head of keeping peaple from calling poinsettas "nasty red Christmas
POINSETTAS ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the complements!!
I don't have any draft and the pots are well situated. How often would
one suggest to water the pots that are:
1. Inside, behind a windowsill,
2. Outside were the soil is more wet
First, I paid a visit to the local garden store to check what seeds
they have. So then I decided to go for 2 types of herbs: ramson & basil
Ramson needs a wet soil, not a lot of sun and temperature of about 5
deg. Celsius. It will take till spring till something comes out though!
Basil requires 18-25 deg. C and takes 10 to 15 days.
So I placed the ramson on a box in the balcony and will leave it in
peace till spring. I placed the basil in a box on a windowsill where it
will catch the morning sun.
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