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Post  countrynaturals on 5/12/2016, 12:34 pm

I have trouble germinating seeds that want warm soil (over 65 degrees). Last night a light bulb went off in my head. They want warm soil, but I'm watering with tap water that's probably 50-60 degrees (just guessing). I tried searching here and Google for info but couldn't find anything. I'm guessing I should have known better and used warm water all along but I never gave it a thought. Embarassed (Common sense isn't my super power. Rolling Eyes) Is the rest of the world already doing this and you guys are just shaking your heads at me right now? Sad

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/12/2016, 12:46 pm

Hmm...inside I use room temp filtered water in a spritzer and watering can.  I also warm up the moistened MM filled cells on the heating pad before planting the seeds, a trick I just learned this year from someone on the forum.  Outside at the SFG I use sun warmed bucket water.  But, at the opposite end of the spectrum, I sometimes will use cold tap water on my cool crops when it gets really hot out.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/12/2016, 1:04 pm

Thanks, CC. I've really never paid much attention to what I was doing, before. I knew the difference between cool weather and warm weather crops, but other than that I just threw my seeds at the dirt and yelled "GROW!" Now that I have this fancy garden and plenty of time to play, it's time to get serious and figure out how to do things right. thinking thinking

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Post  landarch on 5/12/2016, 3:03 pm

I water tomato and pepper seedlings with warm water...mostly because I'm inpatient and the pitcher fills faster with both hot and cold turned on.

I tend to use a heated setup for seed starting...either seedling heat mats (found on sale last year at Mendards for under $10 - bought 3)...or I put flats of seedlings on an old drafting table then place an oil-filled portable radiator on under the table (it turns the entire table top into a giant heat mat).

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Post  Kelejan on 5/12/2016, 3:18 pm

I water from buckets left outside to get equal with the air temperature. That way there is no shock to the small plants.  I asume the established plants, having deep roots, will be alright.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2016, 3:27 pm

I don't worry about it.  For indoor seedlings I have a bottle of water that I allow to go to room temperature. But when It is empty and I need more water for the seedling I just take it right from the cold water tap. From what I can tell the cool/cold water did not harm my seedlings. 

Last year in my SFG beds I watered the plants with a watering can which I filled from the hose. That water can be quite cool. Again the crops did not seem to mind.  This year I may try using water from a bucket of water left to warm up near the SFG beds (or not).   

Maybe I should be taking more care with my seedlings and plants.

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Post  Kelejan on 5/12/2016, 3:31 pm

TD, your seedlings are most impressive and I doubt anything you do differently will make much difference.

Sometimes I think we overthink things.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/12/2016, 3:39 pm

Thanks for all the great info, everyone.  Very Happy Landarch, I love the idea of a heater under a table. I will try that next winter in the butterfly/greenhouse. 

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2016, 3:41 pm

@Kelejan wrote:TD, your seedlings are most impressive and I doubt anything you do differently will make much difference.

Sometimes I think we overthink things.

I agree 100% that we overthink things and make our gardening experience more difficult than it needs to be. Mel gave us the instructions for a simple and proven system. Why make things complicated than necessary.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/12/2016, 8:52 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Kelejan wrote:TD, your seedlings are most impressive and I doubt anything you do differently will make much difference.

Sometimes I think we overthink things.

I agree 100% that we overthink things and make our gardening experience more difficult than it needs to be. Mel gave us the instructions for a simple and proven system. Why make things complicated than necessary.

We all saw your garden, TD. No worries, mate!




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