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So…. Does anyone have the “perfect “ time to start seeds in the south? Seems like I always start too early or too late. I have to grow outside and it’s not legal in my state.

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    • some plant outside by moon cycles. haven't myself but the basics are plant at new moon and harvest at full moon Oct-Nov. but anytime the average night time temps are above 5 C This is just a ballpark number I think the grow weed easy sight will have a more accurate temp for nights before launch outside. I start my outside when it stops threatening to frost. if you have a heat coil in the ground you can start sooner!

      thats my 2 cents I am sure others will have something more from their experiences 

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      • Awesome idea

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      • my best guess would be beginning of April then transplant outside middle of May.thats what we use to do when i lived in corpus Christi Texas.gl im sure others that are still in the south will chime in.

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        • Thanks 

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          • Corpus Christi is a whole little microcosm unto itself! Whataburger be damned!

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          • Hi Nana!!!   I would go by when you plant your garden plants, hanging baskets etc... outside.  I’m not from the south, but makes good sense to me.   I’d try to have them already started and ready for transplant tho.          Chime right in southern growers!!
            help NanaP out !!!  

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            • Great idea. I usually started them with my tomatoe seeds

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            • If you're planting strickly OD May 1 thru 11. You can start earlier but lights are needed. I have 3 OD germination dates for southern Missouri.  March 1, April 1, and May1 . Daylight isn't quite long enough for veg in March and April, so lights are needed to extend the photoperiod to (15/9) for veg, if planting in May . If you wait till May to germ, you don't need additional lights, and you can do it all directly OD.  

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              • Thank you 

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                • Don’t have lights yet but can see some in my future 

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                • that will depend on how far south u r talking bout around Apirl 15th would b the time 2 plant od here and then it could b a plus or minus a week  .........

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                  • South Carolina 

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                    • u r just south to south west of me if u r down east it can b very early but on the other side u would need 2 talk 2 someone in the mountains ....  

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                      • check the Farmers Almanac ...

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                      • I lost most of last years crop to bud rot up here in Maine so I asked the local seed and clone supplier and they recommended fast flowering strains for up here and plant them mid June so they are not maturing during the high humidity times. I will try that next time. I may try an auto or two at the same time 

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                        • Am I reading that right? An auto or two! I think that's were they might fit in perfectly.👍🏼

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                          • I like to think there is a reason for all living things so I look for the reason poison ivy, mosquitos and autos exist. 

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                            • I definitely know the autos I planted lived the cold might actually try couple this year. Kept mine alive outside until it snowed and they didn’t like it inside 

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                            • Growing in Massachusetts I can recommend fast flowering strains, autoflowers and photoperiod strains like Friesland Indica, Mountain Mist and Northern Lights. Last year it rained almost everyday so I'm trying one more time with a outdoor tent or I'm giving up on outdoor grows!

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                              • I am in N.C. Last year ( my 1st.) I started in June. Just barely made it by frost. I now have lights and started Feb 1, We will see how that goes.

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                                • I've never grown outdoors, but I would say in late February, start your seeds and put them in a window that gets lots of sunlight throughout the day. that way you'll have a plant that's getting mature, so when you replant it it will be strong and wanting more soil to grow in. so the question is when to replant outside. well that's up to nature, I would look/think back over the years and see when the last cold days hit under 60s at night and go one week later. if I had to guess I'd say it's around mid to late march. but don't worry because you'll have somewhat mature plants getting planted so even if your a little late it will be ok. 

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                                  • You have a long growing season so, unless you have a really good starting setup indoors, I wouldn't worry about the early start too much. If you're in zone 10, go ahead and start seeds now. If zone 9, a week or 2. I suggest you start in solo cups and move in and out until night temperatures stay above 45 to 50. Good luck!

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                                    • hey NanaP hope to see you get somekick ass plants going outdoors soon!

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                                      • Since bud rot was such a problem last year I HAVE TO have a good harvest this year 

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