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Definition of soilless mix

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Definition as written by talinum:

A potting medium that contains peat, usually perlite or vermiculite, and, sometimes fertilizer, but no soil

Definition as written by Terry:

A soilless mix is also sometimes referred to as a sterile mix because it doesn't contain soil, which can contain bacteria and fungi that is harmful to seedlings and indoor plants.

Recipe #1 for soilless mix:
1 part sphagnum peat moss
1 part vermiculite

Recipe #2
1 part sphagnum peat moss
1 part vermiculite
1 part sharp sand or perlite
1 tablespoon dolomitic lime per two quarts of mix

Mix all together and use for starting seedlings. If using for planters or containers you can also add some granular fertilizer to the mix.

Recipe #3
2 parts sphagnum peat moss
1 part vermiculite
1 part sifted compost
2 parts sharp sand or perlite
2 tablespoons dolomitic lime per two quarts of mix

This one is good for seedlings that you're potting up as it contains some nutrients in the compost. It's still a good idea to water them with a weak fertilizer solution.

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