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Post  gibbyx on 2/14/2012, 10:38 pm

It may tell me this in Mel's book, but I can't find it. My issue: I have put my seeds in the vermiculite, put them in a tray with water and under grow lights. The tray was dry after a day or so, the cups were still damp, do I continue to add water to the bottom tray if it is dry?
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Post  bakermtb on 2/14/2012, 11:09 pm

On Page 122 of the ANSFG book it does tell you to keep the "Paper Towel" moist if you are sprouting using the paper towel method.

I have done the Vermiculite method and yes you do need to keep the vermiculite moist. You can spray the vermiculite with a small sprayer but be careful not to disturb the vermiculite. OR you can just add a little water to the saucer to keep it moist. You can cover it to help keep the moisture in until the seeds sprout.

Check out my photo using vermiculite under "Mid-Atlantic" - Growing Indoors - bakermtb. The containers were sliced cheese containers. I put one with a little water in it and then used another for the vermiculite. I put some holes it the vermiculite container so water would come through and place it inside the other container. I placed the lid on top to keep the moisture in.

Hope this helps.
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Post  TN_GARDENER on 2/15/2012, 7:32 am

I would add more water to the tray.

I would also cover my cups with clear plastic to slow down evaporation.

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 2/15/2012, 7:09 pm

gibbyx wrote:It may tell me this in Mel's book, but I can't find it. My issue: I have put my seeds in the vermiculite, put them in a tray with water and under grow lights. The tray was dry after a day or so, the cups were still damp, do I continue to add water to the bottom tray if it is dry?
Most seed will germinate without light! A heating pad might help speed things up, though!
If you cover the cups with plastic be sure to remove it once the seeds sprout. I agree with TN_GARDENER that you can add water to your tray, but only enough to keep the vermiculite evenly moist.
You're gonna love seein' 'em grow!
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/16/2012, 11:55 am

lettuce requires light to germinate
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/16/2012, 12:49 pm

Not ALL lettuces need light to germinate, usually the white seeded ones need light.

See this link LETTUCE
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Post  Red-Leg on 2/16/2012, 1:14 pm

I have kept adding water to my tray as it is absorbed into the vermiculite and evaporates. Typically, for my setup, this is every day and a half or so.
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Post  gibbyx on 2/16/2012, 6:10 pm

Thanks to all for the advice. I may have overdid it with my lettuce. I have a ton of little sprouts in every cup and my garden is not that big. Next question: Should I put these little sprouts into my soil now? I've decided that gardening is pretty cool!
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Post  walshevak on 2/16/2012, 6:18 pm

How likely are you to get a hard freeze. Lettuce can take a light frost, but not a hard freeze.

If You have that many, harden off some and go ahead and plant. Then 2 weeks later plant some more and so forth until you run out of frost time or plants. If the original ones live, then you have salad, if not you have another try coming along.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/16/2012, 8:05 pm

gibbyx

Have your seedlings just germinated in the last few days? I tend to transplant them from vermiculite into individual cells and let them stay inside for 3 weeks or so, to let them grow a bit before I put them outside. Mel recomends that you not put them out until about 4 weeks before your last frost date. For me, that is mid April, so I will put them out about mid March. I did start mine early, but I also have an enclosed, unheated porch where I will put some out in planters around the first of March.
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