Indoor temps for sprouting
Last year, I sprouted and grew most of my vegetables indoors, before planting outside. I'm in northern Illinois (zone 5). They all grew great indoors and adjusted well to outside.
This year, I'm in a new house with a huge basement that I'd like to utilize for starting all my plants, but I'm concerned it's not warm enough. It's a steady 58 degrees right now. I have space in my dining room to grow the plants, but I would prefer to keep it out of the way.
What should the temperature be to grow vegetables effectively indoors?
I have a warming mat for sprouting the seeds. And I know it will be a bit warmer under the lights, once they start growing. Will that matter? Can I put up plastic to help hold in heat and keep it warmer?
Thanks for any input.