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Niere
Chepachet, RI
(Zone 5b)

April 5, 2007
2:59 PM

Post #3358781

Hi--I was wondering if anyone here has ever started seedlings using soil blocks? This is my first year trying them and so far so good, it's just that there seems to be a whitish cast that's developing on the block. It doesn't seem to be mold--does anyone have any idea if this is normal? The seedling appear to be okay. I'd be appreciative of any input. Thanks!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2007
3:43 PM

Post #3358890

Do you have hard water? It could be salts from hard water forming a crust on the soil. I've seen this happen in container plant soil so I don't see why it couldn't happen on seedling blocks too.
Niere
Chepachet, RI
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2007
6:53 AM

Post #3360862

ecrane3--I think you must be right--we DO have hard water. Thanks! :D
PrairieGirlZ5
Thornton, IL

April 6, 2007
11:26 AM

Post #3361600

Try flushing with rain water collected in a bucket or birdbath. Otherwise you could stunt your seedlings. :0)
Niere
Chepachet, RI
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2007
2:58 PM

Post #3368917

Thanks Prairie Girl--I didn't know that. I will certainly try that, though I'm going to have a hard time finding rain water here--we're supposed to get flurries later! I do have some distilled water though--perhaps I could try that, and use that exclusively on my seedlings from now on.

Thanks again! :D
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2007
4:04 PM

Post #3369065

You could always melt the snow too--should give you the same effect!
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2007
11:47 AM

Post #3371505

I read a description yesterday about making soil blocks using gelatin! Has anyone tried this? Seems the gelatin firms the starting mix so that it holds together well and also nourishes the seedlings. I've added on to my grocery list so that I can experiment...can't resist the challenge.

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