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Wait for all to germinate?

Posted by lovegardening84 5b (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 8, 13 at 22:24

I am growing a variety of flowers in two 36 cell containers with the dome lids on heat mats. Half have successfully germinated in a mere 48 hrs. and I know I should be removing the lids for air circulation etc. and getting them under lights, but what about the seeds that have not germinated yet? Do I wait until they have all germinated? Will this sacrifice my new seedlings? Thanks for your wisdom!

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RE: Wait for all to germinate?

Remove the cover completely, or at least from the ones that have sprouted, when the first ones germinate. Mist the remaining ones if needed but they will normally germinate shortly or wouldn't have anyway.

Leaving the cover on risks the ones that have already germinated. One reason why mixing varieties of plants in the same tray should be avoided.

It's the old "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" philosophy. :)


RE: Wait for all to germinate?

Thanks Dave I will do so right away! Ps I always enjoy reading ur responses to posts...u always have a weath of knowledge on everything!

RE: Wait for all to germinate?

Hi lovegardening,

Just to add to what Dave has said, the cells are usually perforated to make separating easy. Could you separate the seedlings, from the others, so they could be placed under the lights?


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