hey all- I am starting some planting today, with seeds. I've always just used cell flats or a pan to start seeds in, but this year I got some peat pellets (Just had to complicate what always works for me LOL). My question is pretty basic- do I put one, two or three seeds in each one? I grow a mean garden, but I've never used peat pellets before. Thanks in advance :-)
Depends on what kind of seeds that you're using...if whatever it is usually germinates well for you, then just use one or two...You'll cut off the extras when they germinate anyway. There should only be one growing seedling per cell.
Some peat pellets have a netting around them to keep everything in place...you'll need to tear it off when you set them out or it will never decompose...ever.
If you've used the cell system in the past and had good success, you're an experienced seed starter and should be able to handle the peat stuff just fine...it's harder to keep mold down and proper hydration in these things though...
I prefer the cells with my own seed starting mix.
Some folks swear by the peat pellets...some swear at them...I'm in the latter group.
I just got one of those big containers of like 50 peat pellets. For larger seeds (snap dragons) I used 1 seed per pellet. For smaller seeds (wild flowers) I used 2-3 per pellet. I planted the seeds Sunday and the snap dragons are already starting to come up!
I got another one and am going to start my veggies in this one. Good Luck!
Thanks for the tips Melody :-)
I have only ever used the 72 cell trays with starting mix, or those cheap two inch deep baking pans for furrow-type plants and they've always worked- but we all know in gardening we occasionally wonder if the garden might be greener on the other side!
I'm gonna do my usual pot up into small pots when the seedlings get their leaves and then it'll be on to their planters or 1-2 gallon pots outside after that (All I have is a roof deck to garden on)- and I'm a cautious person, so I saved some of what I put into the peat pellets (Datura, Cosmos, Nigella, Morning Glories and Moonflower) just in case the peat is a flop.
The rest of my stuff I'm just doing my normal way- since I already have all the seed starting gear from last year.
Had to try the peat pellets though- we'll see if I end up being one who swears by or swears at :-)
Keep 'em green!
You will be surprised how much water it takes to hydrate them. Water the bottom of the pan, let it stand, and add water as long as it is still absorbing. My first try I was adding water to the tops, and I was washing the peat out of the pellet, and it never fully expanded.
I use the 72 cell packs too. I use HOT TAP water to hydrate them to keep the soil warm while I place my seeds. By the time my seeds are placed on the pellets and ready to pushed underneath, the soil has cooled down enough to just be warm. I always plant 3 seeds per pellet unless they are Large seeds and then I use 2 seeds. Also, for certain vendors I only use 2 seeds because I know germination is going to be good ( Sandhill Preservation for example). For seed sources that I don't know as well, but are decent sources, I put in 3 seeds. That way if germination is terrible, I will just post it in Watchdog, but if germination is good, then I will be happy with using the 3 seeds per pellet. After I push in all my seeds, I add more hot water to the sides of the tray and absorb as much as possible my turning the tray in different directions and dumping any excess after about 6 minutes. I find that I don't need to add water for at least two weeks this way. Hope this is a bit helpful to you and I wish you the best of luck!!!!