Light Sources for Seed Starting

Jan 19, 2018

It's not quite time to start sowing seeds, but it is time to get ready. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Horticulturalists Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension about selecting and starting seeds, decoding the gardening jargon found in seed catalogs, and knowing when to plant. 

"Cheap, fluorescent light fixtures," Jauron recommends for seed starting. Light sources – even inexpensive, fluorescent ones – placed three to four inches from the plant usually do the trick. Warmth is also important. Warming mats, radiators, and proximity to furnace vents may aid uniform germination.  

During this hour, they also take listener questions.