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Organic Gardening: Fertilizing Seedlings

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marlinp55
Mount Enterprise, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2013
6:18 PM

Post #9413596

I am growing and am transplanting my seedlings- vegetable, herb and flowers in equal portions of peat moss and perlite with a bit of vermiculite added. How soon should I fertilize my transplanted seedlings and what is the best type of organic fertilzer.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

February 10, 2013
8:08 AM

Post #9414074

Perhaps you could start with seaweed or fish extracts? I like to add leaf compost or worm compost to the soil mix once I start transplanting seedlings. Helps hold a little more moisture and gives a more gentle feeding to the small plants.

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
10:59 AM

Post #9414216

Fertilize when the first true leaves (not cotyledons) appear. There is no way to determine what organic fertilizer might be best. While indoors, I would shoot for something that has close to a 2:1:2 NPK RATIO, 'ratio' being different than NPK %s. Still, with organic forms of nutrition, you can't know exactly when those nutrients will become available.

Al
nancynursez637
Madras, OR

February 18, 2013
6:01 PM

Post #9423678

low key fertilizers to start, some of the liquid ones like fish can cause mold to grow if you are fertilizing in a green house. I do not fertilize until after I have transplanted into an organic potting soil, as it will have some fertilizer in it. As others have mentioned, don't transplant or feet until the true leaves have shown up

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