Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Choosing seed starting supplies



If your thinking about starting seeds indoors, here are some of the things you’ll need to get your seeds started right.  
Begin with a basic tray. Seed starting trays are available with and without drainage holes.
Next, select an insert. Inserts are available with a number of seed-holding cells, from 72 cells up to 288 plugs. These inserts fit into your seed starting trays.

You can start your seeds in individual black form pots, or biodegradable pots.
Biodegradable pots come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from expandable pellets, to round, square and egg carton.  They make transplanting easy.
Heat Mats keep the seed starting soil temperature constantly warm, which promotes larger root systems and sturdier plants. Heat mats are available for a single tray or two trays. We also carry large, 4-tray mats and we carry a window sill size mat that is 5" X 24".
Humidity domes raise the humidity and hold moisture for your seedlings. These domes are 7" high and have two air vents in the top, to help control condensation.
Seed starting mix is a sterile, soil-less mix, designed to get your seeds germinated.
You’ll want to label your trays so you’ll know the type of seed you’ve planted. Labels are available in a wood or plastic and they can follow
your seedlings from the starting tray right into the garden. As your seedlings grow, they will need plenty of light. 
Grow lights are available in compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and 2' and 4' fluorescent bulbs. We’ll have more on supplemental lighting in the next segment. If you have questions, stop in and talk to us. We’re here to help you.


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