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    Quote Originally Posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    I call them destructions too

    Yeah as already mentioned as soon as the little fellas pop their heads up they don't need as much heat any more. They need as much light as you can give them. But I have found it very useful on occasion when plants have started sulking ( usually just after potting on ) that if you sit the pot in the heated propagator for a couple of hours it helps them a lot. It's usually tomatoes, chillies and aubergine that do the sulking, but not always.
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    Also beware direct sun. You can end up with cooked veg!
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    For what it's worth, this is my take on it!

    Seeds like to germinate in a nice warm, sweaty environment, a little like I would love to raise on a Sunday morning! (Fat Chance)

    The bottom heat of the damp compost and the clear plastic/glass top with vents closed letting light in, causes this warm damp, sweaty, condensation rich moist climate within this little dome. (Ideal conditions)

    But once up! (Hello my little Beauties)

    That's when the vents are opened to stop the condensation forming on the inside of the lid which in turn drops onto the seedling causing damping off!

    But then the prop as done it's job! There up!

    Whip the seedling out!

    Now let be light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    I call them destructions too

    Yeah as already mentioned as soon as the little fellas pop their heads up they don't need as much heat any more. They need as much light as you can give them. But I have found it very useful on occasion when plants have started sulking ( usually just after potting on ) that if you sit the pot in the heated propagator for a couple of hours it helps them a lot. It's usually tomatoes, chillies and aubergine that do the sulking, but not always.
    As stated by SP as soon as seedlings have germinated, they need light , otherwise they will just go 'Leggy' ie strangly, white stems and not produce leaves etc.
    AS soon as Germination takes place you need to put the seedlings in or under a good light source, Rarely, but not impossibly , is a windowsill enough, for seedlings this early of the types and varieties you state , will need some 'Artificial' / grow lights to thrive , Not rocket science......ordinary fluorescent bulbs will do or LED are better but cost more to buy ,never the less cheaper to run.
    A wealth of info on Google available.
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    I grow every year on a windowsill once started off in a prop and always have strong healthy plants.
    The trouble with windowsill growing ( in my opinion ) is people believe in the " south facing" thing.
    At this time of year you need max light and that is generally from the east to south , so any window facing the east at sunrise will be in with a decent shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
    Also beware direct sun. You can end up with cooked veg!
    Agreed..in summer/late spring , but unlikely in jan to April wouldnt you say ...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geepee View Post
    A wealth of info on Google available.
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    Just not on the entire cycle of a heated propagator, for newbies. My lounge windowsill is perfect for growing on, it's like it's under a klieg light.
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