Reusing soil with ungerminated seeds

ryank817February 24, 2013

I planted some alpine strawberry seeds about 4 weeks ago, one set in peat pellets, one set in loose seed starting mix, and I had absolutely zero germination. I'm ready to move on to the other seeds I want to start, so I'm wondering, can I just mix that seed starting mix up well and just sow tomato or pepper seeds in the same soil? I know there's the chance the strawberries may appear, but I don't think they will. I'm more concerned with whether the soil with those strawberry seeds mixed in would have any adverse effects on other seedlings. Any opinions?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

No it works fine as long as there were no symptoms of contamination - molds, fungi, etc. in the previous use.

Some advocate dousing it with boiling water before re-use. I just make sure to use seeds of something very different so it will be easy to tell which seeds germinated. Don't want to have to worry if it is Tomato A or Tomato B.


    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 8:42PM
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Thanks Dave.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:35AM
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