Sure you can! You can start any seeds and grow them under the lights. I start my seeds in flats in seeding medium, put them in plastic bags, then onto a cookie sheet with a heating pad on low and another cookie sheet under the pad. Once 50% of the seeds have sprouted, I remove the plastic and put them under the lights. Be sure to keep the lights just 3-4 inches above the plants. When plants have their first set of true leaves, I transplant them into sterile potting medium - either in rows in flats, or in the case of tomatoes, in single small pots. Write me if you need further info. SGS
It seems that this system is meant to be used with two standard-size seed starting trays (think 72-cell size trays). The light fixture is narrow, so coverage isn't incredible unless you raise the fixture a little higher than recommended, but that has been working for me. I'm currently using the system with four standard-size trays placed the tall way instead of the long way, and it's working fairly well, though I'm thinking of swapping out the light fixture for a wider one next year (or rigging something up that would allow it to hold two fixtures instead of one).
24 watts and 2000 lumens. I grew black pearl peppers from seed and this unit was terrifickeep the light about an inch from the top of the seedlings/plant. If it is too far away then the plants will get leggy.
Sue - you don't need light to germinate peppers. My method is to plant seeds at the required depth (on package) in boxes or pots and water well- (I always water newly planted seeds from the bottom ) I put a heating pad on low between two cookie sheets, place the boxes in plastic bags on the sheets. When 50% of the seeds have sprouted, I remove the plastic, take the boxes off the heat and put them under lights (lights should be only 3"-4" above the plants) The Hydrofarm is equipped to raise the lights as the plants grow. Let me know if I can help further. Shirley
This particular stand is only available in a 2 feet or 4 feet size, and other brands that have comparable stands also maximize their height at 4 feet. The actual dimensions are: 4' dimensions: 31" H x 18" W x 50" L. You can use the 4 feet stand and fixture until your plants reach 44 inches in height, as it is recommended to keep your plant 6 inches away from the top.
I have the 2' model which I often use during the winter months, but I live in the California Bay Area; the temperature rarely gets to 35-40F. The heated mat is supposed to provide warmth (to help sprout seeds) to 20F above ambient. You may need to provide additional heat in your garage depending on how cold it gets outside.
No. My first one didn't work either. I contacted the company, and even after telling them that I bought the 4 foot light, they sent me a 2 foot replacement. By the time they sent me the right one, it was too late to start my seeds for the summer!