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Srikanth is right.
I said you need to water the seedlings with fertlizer when your medium is cocopeat and compost as compost itself has nutrients in it. This does not mean that you shouldn't use fertilizer at all. The compost in the mix will not last for long when plants like spinach are growing(lots of seedlings and lots of demand for nitrogen).
If you are growing in cocopeat (just cocopeat and nothing else), the seedlings will remain seedlings and be stunted if you don't fertilize with nutrients. if you have some compost in it, it will grow to some extent and then based on the compost it will continue to grow or stall at some point until there is more compost/fertilizer added.
Hope this is clear..
feel free to ask any questions
Hi GG, I was also confused as Shweta. May be we need to edit that post of yours. Even I read it very clearly that the seeds needs only water/ moisture and aeration for germinating. They don't need any fertilizers etc for that. That's why Shweta as well as I, didn't use any. I have sown seeds of Balsam, Zinnia, Hybrid Marigold, coreopsis, Russian Sunflower and Celosia Dwarf mix. I have sowed them in a seeding tray and covered it to retain moisture. The medium was only Cocopeat.
A few of the Coreopsis and Zinnia have sprouted. I was also in a fix, as I didn't know
1.) What should I do next, shall I add fertilizer to it or what?
2.) How long shall I wait for them in the seed tray before I plan them in the planters.
Luckily I met up with Pankajwillis from Gurgaon as well, and he told me its fine if you use fertilizers on germinated seedlings, but do so in a very mild ratio.
I was using fertilizer for the first time so was very nervous.
I measured 3/4 of a tablespoon(not teaspoon) and added it to 10 liters of water. Then, for the seedlings, I diluted it further. And sprayed the roots and the cotyledons with it. (I hope I was doing it right, some say only roots and medium should be sprayed, while some say leaves can be sprayed as well).
At this time, the other holes of the seeding tray with un-germinated seeds were drying up, so I watered them as well and made them moist. Although was very worried, as I had read somewhere, the roots of baby seedlings are very delicate and hence need good care.
Also, I have another question – How long shall they we grown in the seed tray before transplanting them? And how do you take them out of the seed tray? Do you just pull the plant out with the stem or scoop it out with some tool without damaging the roots?
What I meant was, when you sow the seeds, you dont need to have fertilizers. The seeds need only moisture to germinate. Once germinated they need nutrients since cocopeat doesnt' have any.
Most of the plants can stay upto 25-30 days in the tray. again it depends on the plant. I think I better make a seed sowing/germinating/transplanting video to clear all the doubts.
I just sowed celosia a few days back and yet to see the results.
@ Shweta - Would it be possible to post a pic of Celosia seeds you got? The pack which i got, they appear like shiny black granules of the size of construction sand.
I have potted them in moist Coco peat. Yet to see the result. The name on the seed pack says Celosia dwarf mix.
u r absolutely correct .the seeds are exactly same as described by u and these r dwarf ones. i've sown them in soil mix yesterday only so need to wait a bit,though they dont take long to germinate.As of now Im unable to post any pic but as I sd in the above post once my devise starts syncing with pc will upload all.
You beat me to it 🙁
No germination in mine…
I am sure you sow them in moist coco peat…
- Do you cover them with a plastic sheet to maintain moisture?
- Do you keep them in the sun or shade or partial shade?
- Did you add anything else to the medium for the seeds to germinate…
Like I said earlier, there's something I am not doing right. I saw you pics in Piacasa, great work! Great Success! Hope they grow well too. Your spinach leaves are nice and big. My seeds grew to be saplings but the leaves are small and now every day 1-2 saplings fall off 🙁 Donno why.
Check out my Album – Just trying, posted a link with new pictures
PS - My Russian sunflowers have germinated in 2 days and are growing rapidly.
Celosia seeds were thrown in soil which is kept moist throughout the day.This one is a BIG pot (cement) and is kept in the balcony(well lit) .it gets only 2-3 hrs of direct sunlight and rest of the day shade.I water it 2wice a day as this also contains cucumber plant and this pot has lots of earthworms in it.so I collect the compost from top and sprinkle it on other pots.
Try keeping ur container moist not soggy.
Regarding spinach ive sown them in cocopeat and soilrite mix .given them a weekly feed of fertilizer NPK 20:20:20 once as per GG direction and most impotant they r always under direct sunlight.
GR8 to hear that Russian Sunflower geminated in just 2 days.keep up the gud work.
Ill try to help u if have anymore query.btw GG is always there
They are rotten because of too much moisture. with the rest of the potatoes you have, just let the sprouts grow a little more bigger. and then use cocopeat if you have or make a loose mix with sand and fill the soil just enough to cover the potato. Use totally diffferent soil not the same rotten one.
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