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    Question When to start fertilizing seedlings?

    When do you all start fertilizing your seedlings and what do you use?

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    Forum Admin Brian M's Avatar
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    Eagle River, AK


    I'm only one year into this, so take it with a grain of salt... I started my seedlings in ProMix, which has just a touch of fertilizer, but then I never fertilized them again. I planted them in a soil that had a significant portion of compost in the mix. I'll add some soil to the top of the soil every year, and hopefully that's it. Chemical fertilizers go a long ways towards killing off productive soil organisms. Again, I'm new at this...but I'm pretty well sold on compost.

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    Member mudbuddy's Avatar
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    Alaska, Mat valley


    When? Man that's a fine line. Usually they are in the starter soil for a short time. If you are
    going to re-pot them, then the get new soil then.
    I guess it really is the starter soil or the repot soil & how long in the soil.
    I watch the plants, if growing well & a good green color, no fertilizer, If they slow down
    growth, lose their green color some & have been in the pot for over 4 weeks, mix a real weak
    fertilizer solution. Trick is "mild", because you can really damage them by giving them too much.
    Also depends on plant type too.
    I think, normally, it is better to re-pot with new soil in larger pots as needed VS the risk of over fertilizing.
    But use the fish foods or a very week mix of pellet or crystal foods.
    I have over fertilized before; it is like over watering is worse than under watering.
    Hope this helped some, as you learn your plants, they will show signs of needing food.


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