Making Your Own Mix

Southeastern, NH(Zone 5b)

I ran out of pro mix and to save a trip to the store >I am wondering if just Peat and Vermiculite would be suitable to start seeds in. I have these on hand but most recipes I see have perlite and some have no vermiculite. What are you using?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I use peat moss and perilite - it works for me. IMHO, vermiculite holds too much moisture for seeds - they tend to rot.

Southeastern, NH(Zone 5b)

Thanks for your thoughts! That is good to know, I bought a bag of vermiculite last season thinking I'd try it over the top of seeds like the nurseries do. I never have tried it for that, but maybe I should start. If I can't use it to make a mix then it will never get used! Thanks again. : )

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

You can ROOT all kinds of cuttings in it - it's just not good for seeds from my experience.

Boise, ID

Has anyone tried the coco peat rather than peat moss? I'd rather use that if it's a viable option.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Go to this site - all the info on uses for coco peat, including seed starting:

http://www.ghorganics.com/Cocopeat.html

Southeastern, NH(Zone 5b)

Thanks Kay, come to think of it, I think that was also a plan I had for it! lol How soon I forget. I don't know too much about the coco peat. When I was searching for homemade mixes I saw mention of it. The website said it is probably not readily available so you should plan on ordering it online. I'm going to check out that link now. Thanks for everyone's thoughts. : )

Galesburg, IL

Hi all, for those interested in trying coir, I found some at Menards last weekend. They are selling bricks that expand to 4 quarts or 4.4 liters (must be something lost in the translation) for about $2.75. I've never used it before and I haven't "expanded" it yet, but I figured I'd buy one to try (hopefully this weekend). I've heard mixed reviews of it for seed starting, so I don't know what to expect. FYI it is marketed by Planters Pride and lists itself as a "Product of Canada" even though the label also states "Made in Vietnam" ;)

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I have actually mixed brick coir in regular potting mix and perilite for already-growing plants, and it was great. I just think it holds too much water for seeds and seedlings.

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