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Seed Starting: A Beginner's Attempt

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This is my first post outside of the introduction thread, but here I'm attempting to put my painful learning process on display while gleaning any wisdom that comes my way as a result. I have purchased 200 Little Dutch, 100 Small Stalk Black Mammoth, and 100 One Sucker tobacco seeds. I also have two 50 cell seed starter trays. I intend to start these seeds March 6-19, but my dilemma is that my house does not get enough sun through the windows and March in the Shenandoah Valley is too cold to start them outside.

My latest solution to this problem is to buy a small greenhouse to place on my covered back porch and heat it with heating mats under the seed trays. Does anyone recommend this solution? As I said, my house does not get 6 hours of sunlight through any window and I hope to avoid running grow lights and fooling with timers.
 

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a regular shop fourfoot florecent light is enough to grow tobacco seedlings. you have to keep it a few inches away or they will stretch for the light. be careful when you put them outside start with them in the shade and work a little early morning or late afternoon sun into there schedule. increase the amount of sunlight and you will be fine.
 

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a regular shop fourfoot florecent light is enough to grow tobacco seedlings. you have to keep it a few inches away or they will stretch for the light. be careful when you put them outside start with them in the shade and work a little early morning or late afternoon sun into there schedule. increase the amount of sunlight and you will be fine.
We got some good learners here.
 

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I use a 3 stage process when I start seeds, I start them in a small 12"x6" tupperware with a dedicated Fluorescent light above them, I then move then to cell trays (72's) with a "chandelier" of 2, 200 watt fluorescent lights and 1, 40watt inc. light for heat. After this I move them outside. Like has been mentioned, keep them a few inches away, a lot of my Izmir and Xhanti were ruined this past season from reaching too much for light.
 
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Unfortunately, I rent a small home with no extra space for indoor grow lights. I plan on starting the seeds indoors according to the FAQ and then moving them outside to a small shelf greenhouse on the porch. At this point, this is my only option. Is that a terrible idea? Will heat pads keep my plants warm in March if it's too cold?
 

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Wiz,
If the weather is indeed "too cold," which I would interpret to be below the upper 30s F, bring them inside overnight (and during the day, if the day temps are bitter). They won't tolerate freezing, and won't grow much if its just plain cold. Before I set up adequate window shelving in an enclosed back porch, I would carry the seed trays back and forth daily for several weeks, then occasionally after that. The seedling heat mats for a single 1020 tray is only about 17 watts. It will help keep the soil warmer, but you'll need to watch the thermometer inside the little greenhouse.

Good luck.

Bob
 

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When I move my plants outside to my small portable greenhouse I use a small electric ceramic heater on cold days and nights.

Works Good.
 

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When I move my plants outside to my small portable greenhouse I use a small electric ceramic heater on cold days and nights.

Works Good.
i put a couple of black five gallon buckets filled with water in the corners. during the day they absorb a lot of heat and release it slowly at night. dark collered rocks work good also. the most important part is to have most of the coldframe below ground level. the ground is a good insulator. you need good drainage in the area to make it work good.
 

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Hello.

Sorry I'm riding on another post, I did not want to open one in particular.

I start 6 days ago. the seeds start to germinate.

Until now, the tray was covered with a plastic bag. No lighting over, just in house - 72 Fahrenheit. spraying every day.

What should i do next? should i take off the plastic bag?
should i put it close to a window?

Thanks!

(this is one cell from 200)

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The plastic is used to keep the top of the soil from drying out, the roots aren't more than a few mm deep. Now that you have some green showing, they need some Sunlight and enough ventilation to not cook them. Don't let them dry out too much. As the roots get deeper, the soil won't need to be so moist.
 

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Thank you!
I'll wait a day or two and put it near a window without any lid.
because i see that not all the seeds germinated yet.
 
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