If you like the challenge of starting plants and seeds and want to make sure they are planted at the right soil temperature then a soil thermometer is a necessity. Knowing the temperature of the soil can make the difference between a resoundgin success and a dismal failure for both seeds and plants.
Propagation books explain the importance of planting seeds in the most optimum conditions which include not only the proper soil mix but the proper soil temperature. For instance, pepper seeds need 80 degrees F. to germinate, Cyclamen need a temperature of 55-60 and the Blue Poppy needs the soil to be a steady 65-70 degrees. The Acurite soil thermometer makes quick work of measuring soil temperature. The stainless steel probe is 7" long with a 1 3/4" dial for easy reading. It comes with a handy case.