Friday, April 2, 2010

Seedlings Emerge!

On March 3, 2010, the seedlings have begun to sprout. The tomatoes have appeared first, and the peppers and eggplant will soon follow. The two seeds in each cell have germinated and I cut the smaller of the two plants at the sponge level so I'm left with one plant per cell. It's best to cut the seedling rather than pull so as not to damage the roots of the remaining plant.

Once the seeds have germinated, it's time to lower the fluorescent light fixture to within 2" of the plants. I use 40 watt "full spectrum" tubes found at your local home center to give the seedlings the best artificial light. By March 18, 2010, the seedlings are starting to take shape.

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