Black Bamboo seed germination.

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    Hey Everyone,

    I've started to germinate black bamboo seeds in compost in my airing cupboard. One has just started to shoot above ground but I'm just wondering at what point do I need to move the pot to an area with light?

    I'd put around 5 seeds in each of the 2 pots so unsure if I leave this one pot in the dark cupboard until the other shoot too or if I need to give it a light source now?
     
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    I always give shoots light as soon as they appear.
    That's where a propagator is better than the airing cupboard.

    Not a great time of year to be starting them off unless you have grow lights.
     
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    I do have some grow lights and a proper propagator but I've found I either dry my plants out too much With lights or rot them with the propagator as it all stays too wet. I may move both pots in into the propagator for a while and see what happens.
     
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      Well if the propagator is indoors take the lid off and just use it as bottom heat of around 20c.

      Keep a watch on the pots for drying out, they will dry out fast under lights and with bottom heat.

      They really only need this treatment for a short time until well rooted after that just use the lights on their own.
       
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      Not really a proper propagator as there's no bottom heat. Thats why I'd used the airing cupboard as I'd say the pots on top of the hot water cylinder.

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      Yeah, well dont cook them, and as much light as possible, they need above 12hrs a day.
       
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      I've got them turned down to near their lowest setting now so hopefully they will be strong enough/not incinerate them
       
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        Have you got palm seedlings in there as well.
         
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        no the one that looks a little palmy was a cutting from a bush that I'd liked the look of recently
         
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