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Fafard Seed Starter Mix Bad?

Posted by Roll_Bones SC (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 19, 13 at 14:37

I got a bag of Fafard seed starting mix from the seconds at Fafard the plant in Anderson SC.
They sell mixes at very low prices that do not meet production standards. I have had no problems with the potting mixes.
I have had this bag opened in my basement for almost 8 years.
Can a mix like this go bad?

The reason I ask is. I have trouble starting seeds in it. I planted two flats. One sprouted almost 100% and the other flat, zero sprouted. Same seeds, same medium, same amount of water and light.

I had issues with starting seeds before, but I never thought about the mix. Is it possible something is wrong with it.
I am familiar with horticulture and seed starting.

Thanks in Advance.


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RE: Fafard Seed Starter Mix Bad?

Very interesting. So the same bag gave you 100% germination and zero germination? I would think it wasn't the mix....seems to be an outside influence. This may sound funny, but did a cat pee in one flat :) ??? Did one flat get the medium that was on top of the bag? Maybe something dropped into the bag....could the bag have received any chemical spray over it?


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RE: Fafard Seed Starter Mix Bad?

Very interesting. So the same bag gave you 100% germination and zero germination? I would think it wasn't the mix....seems to be an outside influence. This may sound funny, but did a cat pee in one flat :) ??? Did one flat get the medium that was on top of the bag? Maybe something dropped into the bag....could the bag have received any chemical spray over it?


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RE: Fafard Seed Starter Mix Bad?

Cat pee is possible, but not likely. I guess I should get some new mix and see if that corrects the issue.

I just did not want to waste this big bag of seed starter mix.


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