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warming trays

Posted by canadian_rose zone 3a (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 18, 13 at 2:13

Hi again! :)

I've read that it's a good idea to keep the bottom of the seed trays warm. How does one do that? I imagine some kind of reptile heater - but what kind and where do I get them from. Is it expensive to warm a lot of seed trays?

Also - how long should the heat be left on for? - all night/all day. For how many weeks - the whole time they're inside or just until they're a certain size?

Thanks so much!!

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RE: warming trays

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 2, 13 at 15:51

Hi Carol! You can buy heat mats for seed starting trays. They are rather pricey though and I'm not sure how expensive they are to run all the time. Usually anything with a heating element in it draws quite a bit of power. It will probably help speed up germination but I don't think it's really necessary. Look in seed catalogs and local nurseries for them if you're interested.

RE: warming trays

Thanks Seil!
If it's not necessary, then I'm not doing it! :)
Much obliged.

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