Sunday, March 22, 2009
Pumpkin Grow Light Setup
After doing a little research I decided that I could do a very inexpensive grow light setup for my pumpkin seed starting that should work as good as the $80 setups that I've seen in the store and online. The setup consists of two 100 watt, 6500K CFL light bulbs from Wal Mart ($4); two brooders ($10); and the timer plug that we use for Christmas lights (already had it so $0). I screwed in the bulbs into the brooders so I could direct the light to the plants and plug the brooders into my christmas light timer so that the lights would run for 14 hours during the day without me having to remember to turn it on or off. The whole setup was placed on a table in a closet so I could better control the temperature. In the closet I place a thermostatically controlled electric heater that I got at Big Lots ($15) that was run at nights when the lights were off to keep the plants at around 80 degrees. At the base of the planting cups I put a wireless thermometer so I could watch the temerature which stayed at a very consistent 75 degrees. Closer to the bulbs where the plants leaves were located it was about 81 degrees. My test planting proved to be very effective with all of the pumpkin plants coming up and growing nicley.