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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    Chris ,how much Ct Shade seed do you have left..I have other seed if you'd like to trade for next years crop as long as you have enough for yourself. PM me
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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    Well everything is down to 2-3 seedling and up to the three leaf stage still smallbut better than it was . May go to a different seed starting soil for next year . Will have a lot of variety to plant and still have room for some grow outs as well may keep it at 15-16 varieties for next year and get this grow past me. .

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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    down to only 2-3 seedlings...what are you doing? please list everything youre using and everything youve done so far.

    I used heat mats , jiffy starter soil , 2- 72 cell flat packs(using RooTrainers next year)and a cheap overhead fluorescent light with 3 full spectrum daylight tubes. I kept water under the cell packs but found I had root rot and lost many. Next grow I will only bottom water to soil moisture and then allow to dry before watering again. Once a week I fertilized with 1/4-1/2 strength Miraclegro and added a pinch of epsom salts. Temperature at the cell pack soil line was 80-90* .Planted out when plants were almost 3 inches wide.
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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    Yes 2-3 seedlings per cell . The six six packs in a tray in the window . Water from. The bottom . Forgot what the seeding mix was. Next year it will be jiffy mix under a grow lights 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt in the water and no miracle grow this time

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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    What Larry says in post #4 !
    ...one note, though... He's got a nice greenhouse.
    For the little bitty plants, a clear plastic tent enclosing the grow may be best to control humidity in their environment.
    There's aisles of shelves in every hardware store across the country with all sorts of things plants generally get enough of...
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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    natural light on a window sill may not be enough to get your plants to where they should be. Tobacco needs some pretty long days of direct (sun)light to grow as they should. Get a cheap fluorescent light fixture with full spectrum tubes and mount it on chains or wire or something like that so you can lower it as close as possible to the cell packs/plant tops. As they grow , raise the light. Keep the soil surface temperature at 80*F, I just lay a cheap plastic thermometer on top of the flats. Also if that clear tray has sitting water and the cell pack soil is wet, take the bottom water away, or you've got a root rot invitation. Tobacco doesn't need much moisture,kind of odd how such a tiny seed can develop into such a huge plant and not require amounts of water you'd expect from a tomato plant. How old are those tiny seedlings...as in how long since sprouted. Don't use epsoms yet, those plants aren't big enough yet. heres another water question- are you using water from the house or natural rain water. If house water, has it been through a softener system or is it untreated hard water?? I had Ct Shade never get much bigger than that after almost 6 weeks. Still unsure what happened.
    I don't use the clear plastic cover that comes with the flats, seems to hold too much moisture and again a root rot /damping off invitation.
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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    Yes using lights next grow . Regular water and water from the bottom 1/2 max then it's dump out

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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    get yourself some heat mats too. keeps them growing on those snap cold nights.
    I had my lights on 24/7 for like over a month but I think next year as soon as they have first true leaves I'll put the lights on a timer but leave the heat mats on.
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    Re: question on seed starting and getting something in the ground

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokin Harley View Post
    get yourself some heat mats too. keeps them growing on those snap cold nights.
    I had my lights on 24/7 for like over a month but I think next year as soon as they have first true leaves I'll put the lights on a timer but leave the heat mats on.
    Getting the lights on a timer cycle REALLY helps. They need their "sleep time" too.

    Mine stalled at dime sized first leaf this year for a couple weeks, then I realized my lights were still on 24/7.

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