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Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

Posted by brkieffner 5B (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 16, 13 at 19:16

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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RE: Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

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.


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RE: Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

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


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RE: Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 17, 13 at 18:04

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


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RE: Starter Plugs and 5-1-1 Mix?

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


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