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Easy way to bottom water trays

Posted by grow-anything (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 24, 10 at 14:24

I had trouble watering last year so I decided to try something different. This year I used two trays for all my seedlings. The top one has holes in it but the bottom one doesn't. I just lift the top tray that has the seedlings out and fill the bottom tray about 1/4 full. Then set the top tray back in it. Made it a lot easier for me.
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RE: Easy way to bottom water trays

Oh yeah, not only that, but they make mesh bottom 1020 flats, too! Check out the link below to see what I'm talking about; the nice thing about the mesh flats is you can pull them out and set them up in front of a fan and get real good circulation all the way around. Much easier than taking each little peat pot in and out every time, isn't it?? :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Example of mesh flat


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RE: Easy way to bottom water trays

Yeah, I use some of the mesh flats too. I saved them from buying plants here and there. I have all kinds of seed starting flats laying around.


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RE: Easy way to bottom water trays

I just leave one compartment open in my tray and water through it, as to not disturb the other seedlings. I use a variety of plastic trays from a 90+ tray down to a 18 tray with a 1020 (with no holes) trays underneath. This works quite well. Quick an easy :)


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RE: Easy way to bottom water trays

The directions that come with Pro-Mix BX with Biofungicide seed starting mix says don't bottom water, only top water. Something about causing uneven distribution of nutrients if you bottom water.


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I don't use any seed starting mix that contains fungicide. I do mix fungicide with water and spray that on the top of the soil and the plants themselves after they get started.


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I see you are using those Jiffy peat pot trays.

How do you like them?

It looks like you have a lot of water in the bottom (but the stick keeps it from laying in it?).

Have you found it hard to regulate water? Are they sturdy?

Keriann~


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RE: Easy way to bottom water trays

Actually the stick was just laid in the tray by accident. I like the trays, but they are not real sturdy. When you double them they get much stronger. I even use the clear cover under them after I remove it and that makes them triple thick. I think I may have just watered that tray when I took the photo. As soon as they all sprout I move them from the lights to my mini-greenhouse.
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