Using Grow Lights to Start Seeds


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Grow lights are great for houseplants as well as seed-starting, especially if you want a head-start on the growing season.

During the winter months (and early springtime), it can be hard to give seedlings the light they would normally get. If you want to ensure rapid, healthy growth of your seedlings after germination, then using grow lights to ensure stocky, vigorous seedlings.

In this video, we identify which plants benefit from starting indoors, and explain how grow lights can be used to improve the health of these young plants. We then demonstrate some easy steps to follow so that your plants receive all the benefits that grow lights can provide.

After you watch this video, start planning a garden! We are offering a free 7-day trial of the Almanac Garden Planner—plenty of time to play around on the computer and plan your first garden.

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Just exactly what I needed to know without all the extraneous verbage & confusing directions. Thank you!!!

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Thanks so much for the video. it really helped me. I just purchased a grow light so am ready to start my seeds soon.

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Growing lights article is in video form and that video does not work. Please fix.


Not sure if they fixed it but it is working for me this morning 2 - 18 -17. I am on my laptop and just thought I would let you know that often videos don't work on my Kindles. Maybe it is the device you are on. I have no technology skills so don't know why some of these work and others don't but wanted to share my experience with you in case it helps.
Happy Gardening!


Hi Kay, The video is indeed working and has been tested across platforms, so this is probably related to the computer set-up. If you are using Chrome, it might be necessary to clear the cache which you do by going to the Settings menu (three dots icon) > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data and then restart Chrome.


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