staggered germination time of cell packs
I have two flats containing 14 varieties of tomatoes in a total of 96 cells (sixteen 6-packs) each on a heating mat set to 80F. Around 8 of the 96 cells germinated overnight and quickly sprouted seedlings, some close to an inch in height already.
1) Do I take the dome off or leave it on for another day? As soon as I take it off my soils dries out because my basement has very dry air now and all of my seeds are near my hot water and heating system.
2) Do I turn the heating mats off? Of the 8 that germinated, I believe they were each a single random cell from 6 different varieties.
3) I turned my grow lights on right away even though 88 cells have yet to germinate. Should I have waited until more germinated?
Bottom line is..... what is a good way to manage this situation without cutting out each individual germinated cell and moving it under a grow light with no heating mat, and no dome? I want to avoid splitting up the cell packs because its just so much easier to manage them as a 6-pack.
I just don't know what to do sometimes it drives me nuts.
This post was edited by njitgrad on Tue, Mar 18, 14 at 21:36