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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    all seem to germinate overnight in the dark?  Fist think in the morning is the only time I see new seedlings sprouting.  I wonder why that is.  Maybe when I have some time I will have to research that.


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    Bette, mine seem to germinate during the day.  I come home from work, and that’s when I see most of them coming up.  I’m afraid I don’t keep mine in the dark, though.  If some say they need light to germinate, they all get light.  Whatever is supposed to need darkness, they must have not gotten the memo.  The only time the lights were off was when it was night.  Maybe that helped them, I don’t know.


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    SunshineNY6
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    I have noticed more happening overnight even in the garden. I guess sleep is good for everyone.


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    takyslaky
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    My seeds germinate fine getting light in daytime and no light at night.  What I have tried new is the heat mat underneath this year so we will see how fast germination takes place with that on all the time.


    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    Leroy, I don’t put my seed under lights.  Only after they germinate.  If it says dark I just make sure they are covered well with dirt.  Non of this black paper over them or anything.  My lights on my seedlings are on 12 hours a day mostly during the day so when I go to bed the house is dark.

    Julie be careful with the heat mat.  If the seeds like to germinate below 70 degrees I don’t use the heat mats.  If you don’t have a thermostat on the heat mats the dirt will get to about 80 degrees.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Usually when I check in the morning there are new signs of sprouts.  I go to work and often in the evening there are new ones as well.  On weekends when I check every 2 hrs, I very seldom see any changes….lol.

    I haven’t even used my heat mat this year.  My closet seems to provide enough warmth.  Those that need over 70 get the 60 watt light bulb, while the ones requiring cooler than 70 get the 40 watt bulb.  The rest of the seeds I have to plant are the non fussy ones like tomatoes, nicotiana, profusion zinnias, asters….etc….so I am not even going to dig the heat mat out.  Charlene


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