Will seeds grow in only indirect sunlight?

jasminehearted(8)January 8, 2013

Hello all,

I have a tray full of seedlings of various types (some tomatos, lisianthus, peppers, begonias, etc). They are in seed starter and I just misted the soil (I planted the seeds today). They also have a humidity cover. The problem is I don't have a single window in my condominium that gets any direct sunlight. I am able to get some ok ambient/indirect light.

I can't really afford grow lights, and there isn't space for them anyway. What should I do to make sure my seeds germinate. Can I buy daylight bulbs from the home depot that will get the proper red and blue wavelengths? What would be my best option?

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I should clarify, I'm sure there are plenty of posts about what bulbs I can buy on this site. I guess what I'm really asking is if the seeds are better in the indirect light of if it won't be strong enough and I need to buy some lamps and bulbs.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 4:53PM
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Indirect sunlight will produce leggy seedlings for sure. Your best bet is to buy a 2 or 4ft two bulb "Shoplight" their not that expensive, and keep them as close to the seedlings as possible. For bulbs I have the best results with the "daylight" type of cool whites (More lumes the better). The warm whites (red) are more for the flowering stage.

This post was edited by arkipelago on Thu, Jan 10, 13 at 21:54

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:34PM
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