Re: [tomato] Newbie at starting seeds

Edmund C. Flynn (
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 00:16:40 -0500

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 wrote:

>  The important thing is to keep
> 'em cool (60 Deg or cooler) barely damp, and within 3" of the light source.
>  It seems easier to put the flats on blocks which are removed as the plants
> grow.  Three pairs of florescents can be a hassle to raise up.

    My lights are adjustable in height using chains, but I have found it
much easier to use the type of foam insulation used in house construction. I
out a flat that has just germinated with, perhaps, 8 sheets of this foam under
As the plants grow I slip the foam out from under the flat .. one sheet at a
.. making, thereby, very small adjustments quite easily. My plants are never as

much as 4 inches from the lights.
        The foam is quite easy to cut to whatever size flats you use .. it is
surprisingly strong, 3/4 of an inch thick,  and it is feather weight. I have
reusing my foam sheet/spacers for years. And, if you are lucky, you can get a
quite good supply for free from the scrap at a construction site.
        I can make small adjustments. Better still, I can vary the height of
flat according to its rate of growth. I only use the chains for major
from time to time.
     Ed  Flynn