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HELP! Advice on planting in the desert.

Posted by eugenflorinsgarden 8A (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 19, 13 at 0:42

About a week ago I decided to start planting some seeds. These seeds were planted in garden soil. All of my seeds were planted in pots, and that's we're I decided to keep them. Now, I just learned that potting soil lets go of water easier than grdening soil. The soil I used was organic.
Anyway, within three days, they sprouted. I'm just curious of they will do well in gardening soil. I live in the desert where it gets hot and dry if it matters.

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RE: HELP! Advice on planting in the desert.

The trouble with garden soil is that it may harbor pests or diseases. If you can bypass that and your soil drains well they should be ok. Only time will tell.

RE: HELP! Advice on planting in the desert.

As dowlinggram said, only time will tell now. But personally, if they survive then as soon as they are big enough to be transplanted, I would remove them, replace the garden soil with a good potting mix, and replace them.

As you have discovered only soil-less potting mix should be used in containers - for many reasons. So to give them the best chance of survival consider transplanting them.

And let us know exactly what you planted? Some plants, namely herbs and some flowers will do ok in the dirt. Vegetables and most other flowering plants, not.

Be sure to check out the Container gardening forum here for much more relevant information on container gardening.


RE: HELP! Advice on planting in the desert.

And, if you garden in the desert, check out the Arizona forum.

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