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Inside or outside?

Posted by Sugi_C 10a - SF Bay Area (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 19, 13 at 13:20

Hi guys --

Quick question re: seed planting.
If I have outdoor temps of 72/52 or so, and indoor temps of constant 70-72, and both spots face due south -- which is better for seed germination and management until transplant? I don't use anything else -- heat lamps, pads, etc. just a single seed in single cells, and I really rarely use a dome, too.

Ordinarily, I start outside and what lives, lives. If it doesn't germinate, I just replant when it's even warmer.

I guess it's a good problem to have but was curious if bringing in my seeds to avoid nighttime cold was better.

Thanks, guys!

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RE: Inside or outside?

If I lived in zone 10, I would do everything outdoors when it's the right time for them. Wow, to be able to garden all year long would be a dream. Why bother with indoor set-ups at all? lol

Really, though, most plants that are germinated outdoors can take night temps in the 50's.

This post was edited by susanzone5 on Tue, Mar 19, 13 at 15:22

RE: Inside or outside?

Agree that if you aren't going to supply supplemental lighting, which is really mandatory for growing indoors, then outside will result in much better seedlings. No comparison.

Plus that way you won't have to harden them off.


RE: Inside or outside?

Hmm, glad I asked! Thanks, guys. I just figured inside was warmer ,ore consistently and the windowsill gets some serious sun at angle (of seed cells).That, and it's bug-free.

Okay, I'll keep them outside. :-)

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