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Re: Seedling growth (Mike Groothuis)

Hi Mike,
        Almost forgot about this one. Let's start with some questions. How
many hours per day do you leave the lights on? How far away from the light
tubes are they? 40w tubes? How about fertilizer? When do you move them from
the flats into cells? What size cells? Do you move them into larger cells
later? Have they dried out at any time, enough that they wilted?
        Flowering early has a lot to do with species background. Laevigata
and yingeri seedlings flower earliest and most reliably. Most seedlings with
different backgrounds will do it occasionally. Usually flowering the first
year slows down the growth of the seedling, so it's only a good thing if you
want to squeeze in another generation of crosses. It may well take another
year or two before it matures.

.....Bill Meyer

> I've been reading the posts about seedling growth and vigor. Plus, I've
> these pictures of people growing thousands of seedlings at a time. I've
> growing then indoors for 3 years now. How do you get the plants to
> dramatically increase in size under lights? I did learn accidentally that
> lowering the lights to a few inches above the foliage will really cause
> to grow, but after the 5 or 6 quarter or silver dollar-sized leaves
> they limp along and start to brown on the edges. They don't do much more
> until they are placed outside after the weather warms up. Loosely placing
> plastic over the flats to retain moisture doesn't do a thing for me in the
> growth department. I read about having them flower promptly after they are
> placed outside...I can't figure out how.
> Mike Groothuis
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