Re: [tomato] Newbie at starting seeds

Celeste or Dave Anderson (
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 09:02:35 +0000

> Hey, WAKE UP!
> I am inspired to try my hand at starting seeds this year because it will
> give me access to heirloom varieties.  Attempts at starting seeds have
> failed in the past because I thought you just needed a sunny window to
> start seeds.  I have two specific questions:
> Is a 4 foot fluorescent light fixture containing 4 tubes, 400 watts each
> sufficient?  Too much?

I've never seen a 400 watt fluorescent tube.
> Is there any harm in leaving that fixture on 24 hrs/day, since it's
> wired into a switch?

Probably won't hurt, but most people use about 16 hours a day.
> OK, three questions.  Where is a good, INEXPENSIVE source for obtaining
> what is necessary for heat underneath the seedlings?

Go to the drug store and buy a heating pad. They're much less 
expensive than those seed propogation mats.

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Dave Anderson
Tough Love Chile Co.