Re: [tomato] Newbie at starting seeds

bill (
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 11:18:14 -0600

Diane Roeder wrote:

> Hey, WAKE UP! (I'm awake)

> 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? (Probably not too much, but certainly more than
> necessary)
> Is there any harm in leaving that fixture on 24 hrs/day, since it's
> wired into a switch? (I know of no absolute harm, but a waste of
> energy--and it may cause harm)
> OK, three questions.  Where is a good, INEXPENSIVE source for obtaining
> what is necessary for heat underneath the seedlings?
> (I've heard that placing the seed tray on top of the refrigerator is
> enough heat to start tomatoes, but I haven't tried it.)
> Thanks.
> Diane

any more ???