I always start outside. This is just something I've noticed with various seeding instructions and just a question that popped in my head, with the latest seeding instruction of my Mexican Sunflowers.Are you starting the seeds inside, or outside? I guess you would want to start them outside either direct sowing or in starter pots given your warm climate. It should be warm enough and sunny enough where you are to start them outside with sunlight approximating where you will be planting the seedlings. I've never worried about exposure time and have assumed it means press the seeds onto the soil but leave them exposed to natural light. Direct sun is generally not a good idea for tender seedlings. Even my most sun loving little seedlings appreciate a little protection from direct sun until they establish some roots. Cosmos, Zinnias, Tithonia can tolerate direct sun. Depends on what seeds you are planting.
Oh, no,no,no,no it only works if the seed is inserted exactly perpendicular to the soilThat's basically what I did -- gently pressed them into the soil, leaving them exposed to the sunlight -- except I was too lazy to manipulate the little seed so only the pointed section was pressed in
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