[Market-farming] Organic fertilizer in seed starting medium?
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Fri Apr 8 21:02:07 EDT 2016
Don't know Plant Tone, but a cup to a cubic foot sounds pretty steep. I
throw in some peanut or alfalfa or soy meal. Sometimes a LITTLE of our
poultry bedding (peat based but very rich). Tomatoes are pretty tough.
Lettuces, never the poultry bedding.
On 4/8/2016 8:41 PM, Marlin Burkholder wrote:
> Organic fertilizer in seed starting medium?
> Looks like I have done it again!
> A year or too ago I posted on MF about have trouble getting seeds
> started after mixing an organic based fertilizer (Plant Tone I think)
> into potting soil I was using for seed starting and for pricking week
> old seedlings over into grow out flats. Plants would germinate
> satisfactorily, then stop growing. After a week or two of wondering
> why the slow to no growth I would check a few seedlings and find few
> to no roots. As I recall someone mentioned that plant proteins
> contained in some organic fertilizers can be toxic.
> The first time it happened about five years prior to the time I last
> posted about it, I had used a premixed OMRI approved “ready to plant
> into” medium bought at a local garden center. Every thing I planted
> into that stuff failed and I got my money back when I went back to the
> garden center and bitched.
> The time I used Plant Tone I mixed according to instructions on the
> bag, about a 1/2 to one cup into about a cubic foot of medium. I
> assumed that organic materials are more forgiving of less than precise
> mixing procedure but apparently got bit. Last year I decided for the
> next go round to use nothing but chemical salt based materials,
> Miracle Grow or something similar, and got along better.
> Well guess what! I succumbed to temptation again and bought a five
> pound bag this spring to use in my starting mixes. You know, it had
> kelp, bone meal, alfalfa meal, fish meal, micorizae, several other
> beneficial organisms whose names I can’t remember etc.--all the good
> stuff, along with the promise that the plants would love it! When two
> seedling flats of peppers tanked, I blamed it on a small amount of
> germination mix I had left in an aluminum baking pan for about a week
> which I had used to cover seeds. The one I had covered with material
> other than what was in the aluminum pan did not have impressive
> germination, but the seeds that did come up were healthy. Then the
> tomato seedlings I had pricked over into to grow out flats started to
> go down hill. A watering with Miller’s Nutri Leaf didn’t revive them.
> This afternoon I repotted 180 plants into clean potting soil watered
> with nothing but Nutri Leaf. I will do the other half of my tomato
> seedlings on Monday and hope for better luck. After over 20 years of
> plant starting this thing is getting embarrassing and extremely
> Is it wrong to use fertilizer in seed starting mix?
> Marlin Burkholder
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