I am planting some herbs indoors. I know that it is way early, but I am
experimenting with about 24 Jiffy-Pellets and a few herbs like basil,
cilantro, and marojorm. (I am getting excited for spring)
Is it a good idea to use root stimulator? I used it to expand the
pellets. The basil and marojarm sprouted within 3 days. It has been 6
days but have not seen any cilantro sprouts. Should I cantinue to water
with a solution of root stimulator?
Also, for grow lights. Can I use normal flourescent tubes or should I
buy special plant light tubes?
On Thu, 16 Feb 2006 12:53:48 -0800, higgledy wrote:
Good day higgledy. I doubt that root stimulator will have much effect on
the sprouting times of your seeds. Look on the cilantro seed package to
see how long the seed takes to sprout. 6 days may not be long enough.
It's o.k. to start your herbs this early indoors. You will want to keep a
watchful eye on them and "pot them up" to larger pots soon. Put them in 4
inch pots, peat plug and all, and cover them with potting soil. Just cover
the peat plug, don't plant them deeper than the plug. This can cause
trouble. After a few weeks in a 4 inch pot, they may need to be potted up
again to a 1 gallon pot. The goal is to not to have the roots constricted.
As the herbs grow, pinching the tops may help with their hight and
For grow lights you can use flourescent tubes with no problems. Make sure
you keep the lights as close to the plants as possible. Other wise the
plants will get "leggy" as they strech for the light. You can use plant
lights if you wish, or you can cheat and go the cheaper route. Buy one
plain old shop light and a "kitchen and bath" light. Place one of each in
your light fixture. The shop light will give you the blue light your
plants need, while the kitchen and bath light will give you the red light
your plants need. Together they make pretty good full spectrum lighting.
Good luck and good day.......
I bought the shop light. I got one soft white tube and one tube that I
cannot remember right now but it has a redish glow compared to the soft
white tube. I also have an incandescent plant bulb, should I turn this
I have these plants in my finished basement, about 68 degrees F, all
the time. Is this warm enough?
As far as root stimulator, a local nursery owner told me that is how
they get there tomatoe plants to have such terrific roots, they are
bounded in the cups. But a soild root is ideal for tomatoes.
Full spectrum fluorescent lights are best, but what you did buying two
different kinds should work well. Incandescent bulbs do not produce
enough light and get too hot. Reflectors on the fluorescent holders
increase the foot candle power. Mirrors or aluminum foil sheets work
well too. Having the lamps on chains will help adjust the lamps as
the plants grow.
Sixty five degrees is about ideal for most plants. Eighty degrees for
A timer is almost a necessity. Some plants grow much better than
others under artificial lighting. African violets respond
exceptionally well to fluorescent lighting.
A heating pad would be a good idea. Just make sure to check the
watering as the soil will dry faster. A heating pad for germinating
seeds will keep the soil several degrees above ambient temps and help
keep the roots warm and help them grow.
On Fri, 17 Feb 2006 21:21:46 -0600, "Andrew Ostrander"
I'm too poor (really I'm too cheap!) for a heating pad. Seeing as seeds
need more heat than light, I put a florescent light on the table, floor
facing up. I place my seed trays on top of the light fixture.The mild heat
from the light is good enough to warm the soil, but not hot enough to hurt
anything. Ofcourse you must not water the flats while _on_ the light or
you'll get a good zap... but this does work.
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