Tucked away in the basement we have two 2-tube shop lights suspended
over the seedling trays.
A quick and dirty system of eyelets and nylon cord provides height
adjustment on the lamps.
A survey of various sources indicates that there is no advantage
to "grow light" or any of the "natural spectrum"
lights. The main key is enough light, so these are ordinary 40-watt
cool-white bulbs. Currently they are running 24-hr a day. As soon
as a most of the seedlings develop their first true leaves I'll
probably switch that to an 18-hr a day schedule.
I did choose to use a heating pad intended for this use. Several
web sources suggest just using an ordinary drugstore pad as those
are a lot cheaper, but using electrical things for uses that they
aren't intended for particularly heating elements is just asking
for trouble. I didn't bother with a thermostat either -- running
full out it keeps the soil in the 80's, which is ideal according
to most sources.
The seedling trays are also a bit of an extravagance -- but I
like the flexibility of the individual pots since I'm starting a
mix of different plants all together.
Here's the first round of seedlings on day zero.
This is Day 8. Peppers are supposed to take 10-21 days to emerge
according to the back of the Burpee packet, but clearly they like
As they emerge I've been moving them from the plastic covered tray
to an uncovered one.
The back row are "Biker
Billy" Halapenos. The next row is "Tangerine Dream".
The tiny ones in the middle row left are Caribbean Reds. Front two
rows are various kind of tomatos.