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Starting seedlings inside
    #542201 - 04/01/11 06:43 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

I have a footlocker that I want to start my outdoor plants in. Its 2 feet high, 4 feet long, almost 2 feet wide. Will this be enough space to veg 10 white rhino seeds I just germinated til the first or second week of may? I plan on employing LST to better utilize my only 2 feet of space. I have about 150 watts of CFL bulbs. Inside of the box is spraypainted white. Ill place a small fan on a 10 minute per hour cycle, or something like that. Ill tinker with fan time, but should light be 24/0 or 18/6? If its 24/0 will my plants begin to flower after placing them outside?


Alternatively, Would a greenhouse keep plants alive through a frost if there was one around mid may?


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: Muk]
    #542293 - 04/01/11 11:39 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

yes a greenhouse will protect from frost ,and go with the 18\6 for the reason you mentioned that would be the safest


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: Muk]
    #542303 - 04/02/11 12:18 AM (5 years, 8 months ago)

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Alternatively, Would a greenhouse keep plants alive through a frost if there was one around mid may?




First off, I don't know the answer to this.

As to your first question,  I say yes.  However, I would use T5 Florescent strip lights. They sell them at Home Depot (at least in my area) in 3 foot lengths, in both single or double strips.  I would put 4 double bulb, 3 foot strips in there.  That's at least 224 watts.  The CFL's will work as well, but the strips will allow you the best use of space.  The are 2 inchs thick and sit flush with the wall. 

Like this one but 3 ft long.
http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fans-Indoor-Lighting-Industrial-Shop-Lighting/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbvnq/R-100654408/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

The LST training is the right idea and the white paint is good. 

You will want constant air exchange.  I don't know if by fan you mean on the inside of the box or one bringing in air, but you will need a fan sucking air out all the time.  For air exchange and temp control.

24 hrs with the lights.  Otherwise your plants will stretch, and you don't have room for that.  I think mid May is to early for flowering, but don't hold be to that.  I've never grown outdoors.

Hope that helps.  GOOD LUCK.


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: muse42]
    #542454 - 04/02/11 02:13 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks, that does help. Id go with the lights you recommended, but I already have 6 CFLs rigged up. When I get more money, I might upgrade to a different light system for flowering if I can get a carbon filter to accompany it.


I have a 6 inch blade fan, Should I just cut a appropriate sized hole in the bottom corner and have it facing out? I dont have the means to do much else at the moment.


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: Muk]
    #542687 - 04/03/11 01:20 PM (5 years, 7 months ago)

Intake hole at bottom, and fan and outtake hole at the top on the opposite side. 



This is what I start my ladies in.  It's 2x2x2.  I do cheat a bit and raise the lid as they grow, but I don't train them much in here unless it's my mother.

I use solo cups to plant my seeds in, but you might consider trying to find some shorter and wider cups or pots.


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: muse42]
    #543086 - 04/04/11 02:00 PM (5 years, 7 months ago)

What kind of lights are you running in that?


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Re: Starting seedlings inside [Re: Muk]
    #543640 - 04/06/11 02:18 AM (5 years, 7 months ago)

currently 4 27 watt CFL's


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