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Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7594599

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?
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2010
12:33 PM

Post #7599132

I use peat moss and perilite - it works for me. IMHO, vermiculite holds too much moisture for seeds - they tend to rot.
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

March 2, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #7599870

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. : )
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2010
7:45 PM

Post #7600103

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

March 2, 2010
7:47 PM

Post #7600107

Has anyone tried the coco peat rather than peat moss? I'd rather use that if it's a viable option.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2010
7:49 PM

Post #7600114

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

http://www.ghorganics.com/Cocopeat.html
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

March 2, 2010
10:48 PM

Post #7600499

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. : )
trc65
Galesburg, IL

March 3, 2010
10:31 PM

Post #7603156

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" ;)
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 3, 2010
10:40 PM

Post #7603183

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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