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Should I mist, top water, or bottom water?

Posted by janie58 5 PA (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 19:09

Hi all,

I have a variety of different seedlings growing under lights, but I'm really not sure if I am watering them the "right" way. Most of them are growing in flats, some in cups, and a few in peat pellets. Pellets are about 1 and 1/2 inches deep, flats are about 2 inches deep, cups are 3-4 inches deep. Regardless of what kind of containers they are growing in -- the smallest seedlings I usually mist. The seedlings with no more than 2 sets of leaves I bottom water. I water the tallest, sturdiest seedlings with 2 or more sets of leaves from the top. What I am not sure of, is how DRY should the soil be? Slightly dry? Dry to about the middle of the container? Or should all the containers stay constantly moist ALL the time? Or do you actually let the containers dry out a bit as the seedlings grow stronger? I jus don't quite know how to do this. Thanks for any info you can provide. :))

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RE: Should I mist, top water, or bottom water?

Bottom water all of them when the top 3/4 is dry.

You may need to mist slow growers such as impatiens and begonias. I would keep those moist until they get a few sets of true leaves.

And yes, you are correct (as I now know) that bottom watering encourages roots to reach down in search of water thus producing a better root system.


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