Using a fan with indoor herb garden

Rick7072(6b)November 24, 2012

I've read several suggestions to use a fan to maintain good air circulation around the plants in my indoor herb garden. Two questions: should I keep the fan going all the time, or just a few hours, or...? Also, I have the fan at a speed where the plants are definitely gently waving in the breeze they're getting from the fan -- is that ok?

Thanks.

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I use a fan when seed starting but turn if off when I turn the light off. I don't have either running 24x7.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Rick7072(6b)

Thanks, Fatamorgana. Do you have the fan on your seedlings after you've transplanted them into pots and they're growing? If it's good to have the fan on after they're potted, I'm trying to figure out how many hours a day to run the fan for.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 10:11AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I use the fan after they have sprouted for air circulation and to encourage stronger, less spindly seedlings. I do use plant lighting but sometimes those seedlings just stretch too tall too fast. After I have done the first transplant into pots, I'm usually hardening off outdoors in a sheltered location so the fan isn't in the picture.

I turn the plant lights on after I get up in the morning and off before bed. Fans, if I'm using them, on the same schedule since they are plugged into the same power strip. Works for me.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 8:31AM
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