Should I bare-root seedlings into 511?

ideal2545(9B)February 17, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Quick question. I've been growing some seedlings in 50/50 Vermiculite and Peatmoss. My question is, should I bareroot them and then put them into the 511 or should I just kinda of wipe off what I can a bit and then mix it all?

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You should be fine either way. I usually use a peat/perlite mix for germination and pot up into 5-1-1 when growing tomatoes and peppers from seed. Sometimes, if there are several seedlings in one cell, I have to bare root. On other occasions I keep the soil ball intact. Haven't noticed a great deal of difference either way.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 5:37PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

As long as the root and soil mass aren't compacted to the degree that the entire mass (roots & soil) can be lifted from the container intact, there is no compelling reason to bare-root, as long as the soil mass is small.


    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 7:15PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

This is one reason why I like to start my seeds in a gritty mix and then pot them into 5-1-1.
It makes for a smooth, stress-free transition.


    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 9:14PM
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