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Post  quiltbea on 2/16/2014, 3:08 pm

jimmycee,
VERY light brushing at first, that's why I use the edge of a piece of printer paper when they are about an inch tall.  And just across the tops of the greenery.  The palms and fingers of your hands across when they have true leaves.
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Post  baileyhermit on 2/16/2014, 10:25 pm

I call it "petting"  Very Happy    folks think I am nuts, but I swear by it! I also keep an oscillating fan on during the day as soon as the seedlings emerge. This helps as well to keep em strong!

 I made a shelving system with lights that I use for my seedlings. Don't have no "sky hooks", but used U bolts to hang the lights with S hooks. Tried pulleys, but a pain to use and after I crushed 2 flats of maters when the pulley slipped, I switched to S hooks.  The silver bubble wrap was recycled material (actually packing material for frozen salmon we brought back from Alaska), and works really well at reflecting the light so they don't git leggy.
 Every time I pull out the trays to water, I brush the palm of my hand across the tops. Then rotate the trays as the fan can not reach all of the trays at the same time.


Off topic, but this is our setup for starting plants...




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Post  jimmy cee on 2/17/2014, 7:30 am

Like your setup Bailey.
Has my mind working overtime now, perfect timing for me to set up another row of lights. thinking
I added a white sheet inside my plastic cover to help provide more reflection, it may help.
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Post  cheyannarach on 2/17/2014, 7:46 pm

@baileyhermit wrote:I call it "petting"  Very Happy    folks think I am nuts, but I swear by it! I also keep an oscillating fan on during the day as soon as the seedlings emerge. This helps as well to keep em strong!

 I made a shelving system with lights that I use for my seedlings. Don't have no "sky hooks", but used U bolts to hang the lights with S hooks. Tried pulleys, but a pain to use and after I crushed 2 flats of maters when the pulley slipped, I switched to S hooks.  The silver bubble wrap was recycled material (actually packing material for frozen salmon we brought back from Alaska), and works really well at reflecting the light so they don't git leggy.
 Every time I pull out the trays to water, I brush the palm of my hand across the tops. Then rotate the trays as the fan can not reach all of the trays at the same time.


Off topic, but this is our setup for starting plants...




I call it petting too!
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Post  quiltbea on 2/18/2014, 11:43 am

.....And I talk to my plants, too, while I'm brushing/petting them.

I'm thinking maybe aluminum foil attached to the sides of track lights might give more light if needed.  Also might capture some of the heat under the lamps, too.  Though mine seem to do fine without such additions.
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Post  baileyhermit on 2/19/2014, 12:10 am

@quiltbea wrote:.....And I talk to my plants, too, while I'm brushing/petting them.

I'm thinking maybe aluminum foil attached to the sides of track lights might give more light if needed.  Also might capture some of the heat under the lamps, too.  Though mine seem to do fine without such additions.

Ha, I leave a radio on sometimes, poor little buggers get lonely, and I can't sing worth a lick. I think they like Bluegrass the best  carrot 

I go thru all the extra effort as I sell starter plants on the side! Have to start em early up here and I want them nice and sturdy when they go to their new "homes"  Very Happy   I use aluminum foil as well to help reflect some of the light.   I have 24 flats growing now affraid with peppers, maters and herbs. Good thing we are breaking ground tomorrow for the new bigger greenhouse. Woooooo Hooooo!
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tickle those tomatoes!

Post  Nancy Clarke on 6/6/2014, 3:14 pm

In the past I've had new tomato plants break off right at the ground when we have our wind gusts of over 35, occasionally 60. But since I tickle the seedlings daily once they have even just the seed leaves, I have lost no plants for the last few years. I tickle some of the others too, zinnias, etc, the ones that have broken in the past. Seems to work Smile  And, it makes you look closely at the babies and notice a little problem before it becomes a big one.
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Post  quiltbea on 6/6/2014, 5:23 pm

Nancy.....You're right about doing this also gives you time to check out your plants more thoroughly for little probs before they become big ones.
The brushing makes them stronger and their stems get thicker, hence, they can take stronger winds with ease.
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