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I now start with my "Cornell Mix"
placed in a large zip lock type bag, and heat in the microwave, until it is to
hot to touch. I leave it overnight , sealed up. All of my flats
are washed in a 20 % clorox soulotion, and once I seal the bag after seed
planting, it retains it's moisture, for aften more than 6 months. I
don't open it if not needed, as I worry about contamination. I use every
precoution for cleanleness in the planting procedure.
As for the watering, I believe Ran has a great solution. You water
once at the time you plant. Put the tray under the domes (or I believe
he uses 2-gallon zip lock bags), and then don't water again until you remove
them from the growing chambers. This should be about 8 weeks or
longer. I found that once they get going, we are a lot more concerned
about keeping the water level just right than are the plants. But you'll want
to confer with the experts on this. I may be setting them back by
abusing them and Mary Chastain, Ran, or several others can address this
watering issue better than I.