Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

brkieffner(5B)March 16, 2013

I'm curious if there is any disadvantage to starting seeds in a starter plug (rockwool, rapid rooter, jiffy pellet, etc.) and planting it directly into a 5-1-1 mixture?

I've only had disaster when I try to transplant seedlings or established plants by washing the roots clean which I feel if I didn't would "tarnish" the 5-1-1.

Thanks for your help or suggestions.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Wouldn't worry about it. I transplant 3" pots of seed starting mix into it all the time. Most seed starting recipies are peat based anyway. Some people even start their seeds in 511.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 2:42PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

5-1-1 is pretty forgiving, especially with small plants.
I wouldn't worry about bare-rooting unless the root-ball is large and covered with bad old soil.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 2:51PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If the roots in the plug are really tight, they need to be loosened. You might even rip the bottom of the roots off if they are too tight - I do that to everything I transplant from cell packs up to 6" pots. If the roots aren't loose, tease them apart with a skewer or other handy tool that won't damage the roots ..... but be sure to keep them moist.

Al

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 6:04PM
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brkieffner(5B)

Thank guys! Good to know I don't have much to worry about anymore.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 8:57PM
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