New to this... germination under lights question.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:07 PM
I have my first round of seeds in the dirt (first because I am still waiting for the majority of my seeds to come in the mail). My question: do they need to be under light ? Are fluorescent lights going to provide enough heat for germination to take place ? Currently I have them under three T8's and next to two others. Let me show you what I have going on:
Am I on the right track ?
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:21 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:30 PM
Otherwise, find a place that is warm from the bottom. My hot water tank worked great until I upgraded to a heat mat. Others have used computer modems, fridge tops. But do get a thermometer in your germination area to find out fo sho, and shoot for the 82-85F range during germination.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 08:53 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:01 AM
Best of luck to you MSM
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:12 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:05 PM
... Will a small modem really provide that kinda heat.... I should just order a heat mat... I hate spending money...
My bad, the modem trick is used by some when germinating seeds in baggies or little cups, not a full tray.
Patrick may be right--I was thinking of 4-ft T8s which I use and get temps to 80F no problem. Looks like yours are 2-footers, for a total of 5 bulbs? If you enclose the area with foil and get the lamps right down near the top of the dome, you might still pull it off. Never know till you try.
Click this link to the True Glog Master of the NW--scroll to the bottom of page one to see his enclosure/germ station using lights:
PaulG: master of time, space, light and heat
I hear what you're saying about heat mat purchase, specially for a small grow. (Plus you pretty much need the spendy $30 thermostat also, IMO).
So get your enclosure going, get a thermometer in there and find out! And next time you drive to Boise, bring me a few bales of ProMix BX. You can get it for $34 there, and it's $60 here!
Edited by Siliman, 23 February 2012 - 02:06 PM.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:22 PM
So I bought a couple of heat mats, now I can't get temps below 90. Seriously do not have 60 bucks to spend on thermostats. Any ideas ? Also, Here are a couple of pics of my set-up as it is now. I have 60 jiffy pots (the larger disc size). Think I am close to enough light to get these guys going for a couple months ?
All comments are appreciated.
The light board height is adjustable.
Not sure about the Kelvin rating on these lights, three of them are Lights of America Grow Lights, the other two are Lights of America under cabinet lights.
Edited by MegaSpokaneMan, 25 February 2012 - 08:30 PM.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:05 PM
To get more info on your bulbs, you might Google-search the name and numbers of your grow lights and find their lumens and color temp. Looks like a good grow area, but keep in mind flouro lighting is really effective only directly below the 'footprint' of the lamp fixtures. Keep the bulbs close to the sprouts, as they run pretty coool.
Edited by Siliman, 26 February 2012 - 02:05 PM.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:39 PM
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