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Keeping Soil Moist (50/50 Verm/Peat Moss)

Posted by ideal2545 8b (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 9, 12 at 16:45

Hi Everyone,

I started off my tomato and pepper seedlings (some herbs to) and they're doing well, lots have true leaves, I recently potted them up to stirofoam cups and I've noticed that the 50/50 verm/peat moss mix has been drying very, very fast! (and then its annoying since it seems to be water repellent when dry!) I have them under some grow lights (8 t-5 ho 4 foot) and a fan to keep them cooled down.

I feel like I'm missing something, any assistance or advice would be greatly appreciated by me and the seedlings!


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RE: Keeping Soil Moist (50/50 Verm/Peat Moss)

I have the same issue, was thinking that once the foliage shades the soil it will be better .. and the lights are higher? The dark soil really retains the heat from the lights. I am using the same bulb/fan setup ...

RE: Keeping Soil Moist (50/50 Verm/Peat Moss)

I'm really new to this; but I've run into the same issue with just a T-5 - 4 bulb, 4 ft fixture. I have a fan running, and cracked open some ventilation on the humidity dome. But that just dries it out even more. I've just had to be diligent with the water.

RE: Keeping Soil Moist (50/50 Verm/Peat Moss)

50/50 verm/peat moss mix

Why are you using that for growing on? It is just a germination mix at best.

I assume these are off the heat mats and the domes have been removed?


RE: Keeping Soil Moist (50/50 Verm/Peat Moss)

Any potting mix will dry out quickly when under warm lamps and in a constant breeze. Never let it dry out completely. A home made mix doesn't have a wetting agent in it so it will be more difficult to get it wet again once it dries out completely. Bottom water and give it time to absorb. Adding a water retention product would help.

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