Re: [tomato] An interesting least for me...

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 14:12:17 -0500

Hi Pete,

>>Ahhhh, so what you are saying is, that the tomato plant doesn't require
lower temperatures, the lower temps are suggested as a way to prevent leggy
plants.  But if we immediately put the seedlings under grow lights, do we
still need to lower temperatures?<<  Unfortunately, the gro lites don't
give appreciably more light than the plain old cheap cool whites.  Stick to
the lower temps and you will have stockier, better transplants.  

As a parallel, have you ever seen a sapling spindle toward the sky until it
breaks out of the cover?  This is what the tomato seedling is trying to do.

Good gardening,
Chuck Wyatt