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iamvillanueva(5 KS)March 13, 2010

Lesson learned from last year...smart enough to buy a timer for my shop lights this year. Also needed some bottom heat. The directions I have say to give seedlings artificial light for 18 hrs/day. Should I plug the heat mat into my timer with the lights or should the heat stay on 24 hrs/day until germination?

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sleepy33(5b KS)

I leave the heat mat on all the time, and run lights for 15 hours a day.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 11:38AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Heat needs to be constant. Lights are debated. Some use 12 hours, some 16, some argue for 24 hours. Experiment and see which works best for you.

All I can attest to is what I do: stuff in the greenhouse gets Mother Earth's time - approximately 12 on and 12 off when she is in a sunny mood and 16 hours of fluorescent when she isn't. Things in the house get 24 hours on. Works for me.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 2:41PM
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