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Did I use the right type of soil?

Posted by dave0538 GA - 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 9, 10 at 10:53

Hello all,

I transplanted my seedlings this past weekend. Im growing several varieties of tomatos, peppers, tomatillo, lettuce, spinach, etc. I started the seeds in peat pellets and all of the seedlings had true leaves and the roots were busting out of the pellets.

I moved them to 3" peat pots and used Jiffy seed starting mix. Is this an OK type of soil medium or should I of used potting soil? If my soil choice was poor should I redo my transplants? (I moved them to the pots 3 days ago).
Thanks for the help!

Dave


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RE: Did I use the right type of soil?

They should be fine in the Jiffy mix, but remember it has no nutrients, so you'll need to remember to fertilize.


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RE: Did I use the right type of soil?

Ah OK- I think from now on I'll use normal potting soil.

Is a diluted dosage of all-purpose Miracle grow acceptable?

Thanks again-
Dave


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RE: Did I use the right type of soil?

Boy, I dunno; I'm sure anything, diluted enough, would work. I personally like to use a diluted fish/seaweed emulsion (well, I don't like the SMELL, but I like the product). It may just be in my head, but I like that it's organic and I feel like I have less of a chance of burning the seedlings since it's not made of chemicals. But that's just my uneducated opinion. Most things I don't fertilize too much anyway, since I can hardly keep up with potting up the seedlings that are growing like crazy already. So I mostly just use it on the slow-growing plants and the heavy feeders. I'd hesitate to use Miracle Grow, and find something geared especially for young seedlings or transplants instead. Under fertilizing is better than over fertilizing.


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RE: Did I use the right type of soil?

OK thanks for the help. I like the idea of using something organic better than chemicals as well.

Where could I find a fish/seaweed type fertilizer?


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RE: Did I use the right type of soil?

Wait until they get a bit older, then use some Dyna Gro Foliage Pro 9-3-6. IMO, one of the best fertilizers available for any veggie plants. Start with a 1/2 strength dose at 5-6 weeks of age, then gradually work up to a full dose when about to place outdoors.


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