Propagation: Need a seed starting soil mix recipe...

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  1. WesternWilson

    WesternWilson Active Member 10 Years

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    I started a lot of seedlings this year and found my seedling mix lacklustre. The seeds would sprout and grow, but quit growing well at a very young age. A big component in the mix was the compost from the Vancovuer landfill, which works well as a garden amendment...not so well as a seedling starter I guess!

    Has anyone got a recipe/teachings for me on what goes into making a good seedling mix? I am not crazy about the commercial mixes as they are pretty much peat moss, and want to get prepared for next season.

    Many thanks,
    Janet
     
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    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Have a look around at Tree Nut’s posts

    I think this is same poster who I think had a website —- blog

    So have a look and maybe some info will emerge.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    There are 3 things I want in a seed-starting mix - that it drain well, be moisture retentive and sterile. I have been happy with commercial products. These are mainly a mixture of peat moss and perlite which I could buy separately and blend to my liking but I prefer the convenience of purpose-made products.

    After the seeds have germinated and are starting to grow their second set of leaves (true leaves) I begin to water them with a very dilute fertilizer until they are large enough to handle and pot up into a larger pot.
     
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    Uh oh Margot - where is our master list of plant terms —- what is name for the first pair of beginner leaves — it was on here a few weeks ago
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I could have sworn that the first "l" was a "t".
     
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    Very droll - coulda sworn, etc.
     

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