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Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 20, 2010
4:43 AM

Post #7642572

The seeds that I started in sterilized potting mix have germinated and many are ready to be potted up in to bigger pots.

My question is...can I just pot them up in regular potting soil such as Miracle Grow...or do I also need to sterilize this soil as well. I use Hydrogen Peroxide or Alcohol in my water to deter mold?
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2010
1:51 PM

Post #7643563

You can pot them up in regular potting soil or the soil from your garden. I never sterilize the soil. If you do, you'll also destroy everything that's good for a plant (in nature nothing is sterilized!!).

I tried Hydrogen Peroxide and a lot of other things in my water, but nothing prevented mold for`100% when the plants are indoors. Indoors there is not enough circulation. But I never lost a plant because there was mould. I just take it away every week. The plants seem not to bother.

I always keep the left over seedlings for another 2 weeks, in case something goes wrong with the ones I transplanted.


Galesburg, IL

March 20, 2010
2:28 PM

Post #7643610

Also-- commercial potting soils do not need sterilizing, they are already free of plant pathogens. I also agree with Jonna on the use of hydrogen peroxide. Save your money and spend your time watering correctly and you won't have to worry.

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