Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
There's absolutely no need to buy special "growing" lights. As I said in my previous post, I use 4-foot long plain cheap fluorescent lights. I've been using them since '94 & they work terrific. I've started virtually every vegetable, herb, (& a few flowers) under the sun successfully with them. No need to feed the greed with "special" lights.
Fluorescent lights are great for indoor plants. Grow Lights put out a lot of heat and have to be turned off and on frequently. You can cause a lot of damage with them. I had some on a timer switch at one time turning them on and off every 45 min. Those make-up mirrors with fluorescent lights are great for large indoor potted plants during the winter. Those plants are usually moved into a corner or hallway during the holiday or a bedroom.
There are a lot of plants in libraries and office buildings glowing from fluorescent lighting.
I always "ball" the roots of seedlings in cheesecloth. I often start seeds in water, shallow water, then dust cheesecloth lightly with soil cover the root. You can also buy minature pots and line them with cheesecloth. You should never expose the rooting system by knocking or banging off the soil or washing it off. Your plants will have six to eight leaves when they are ready to transplant. A seedling with two leaves is a sprout.
I agree there are a lot of great gardeners at DC.