Feeding transplanted seedlings

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10:36 PM - Apr 11, 2004 #1

I have just potted up various seedlings. I'm wondering would it be OK to use Miracle Grow or similar on them, or is it too early? Many thanks,
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10:37 PM - Apr 11, 2004 #2

I need to know that too Trish - OH is dead keen to feed everything in sight but I'm not so sure. Will watch this thread with interest.xCAx
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10:42 PM - Apr 11, 2004 #3

they should get the nutrition they need from the compost - I think - for a few weeks anyway.
depends on what they're potted into - multi-purpose is OK, but peat isn't - no nutrition in this!

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12:32 AM - Apr 12, 2004 #4

I would vote for compost as Miracle gro may be too harsh on them at this point.
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5:43 AM - Apr 12, 2004 #5

Most compost from garden centres etc, only has enough nutrient to last a couple of weeks, so wait 2 weeks and then start to feed. They will grow tall and spindly anyway if you feed too soon.BluesguyUK
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7:25 AM - Apr 12, 2004 #6

I believe you should leave them alone for 4-6 weeks because there is enough food in the compost for that time. After that, you should feed them with one-third strength plant food at the intervals recommended on the packaging.


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7:34 AM - Apr 12, 2004 #7

That's great guys, thank you. They are in Multi Purpose, so I will leave them alone for now.
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8:30 AM - Apr 12, 2004 #8

Now im controversial on this one i always give a very week misting with phostrogen when i prick out to help them recover from being transplanted, has always worked well for me
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6:57 PM - Apr 12, 2004 #9

What do you use as a 'mister' Dawn (and I don't mean John!) everything I try seems to be too heavy for the delicate seedlings.xCAx
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7:21 PM - Apr 12, 2004 #10

CA i use a hand spray with a very fine spray
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11:33 PM - Apr 12, 2004 #11

Looks like I'm gonna have to keep looking then. Wonder whether the GC will let me test the sprayers before I buy? xCAx
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4:45 PM - Apr 13, 2004 #12

An extract on compost from my website;
* What type of compost do I need?
A rule of thumb is;
For plants that will remain in a container for up to 6 weeks, use multipurpose compost.
From 6 to 12 weeks, use Potting compost e.g. Ji1 (or similar)
For each 6 weeks thereafter use a stronger potting compost, e.g. Ji2, Ji3 etc (or similar)
For hanging baskets add slow release pellets/tablets and water retention granules to Ji2 (or similar).
* Most commercial peat-based seed/potting composts usually give good results.
However, there are some enthusiasts who choose to experiment and alter the original compost mix for various reasons.
This can be to give the compost a fertiliser content that is better suited to a particular group/s of plants, or to open up the texture of the original compost to assist drainage/water retention.
These additives could include base fertilisers, sharp grit/sand, perlite, bark, vermiculite.

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