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Re: seedling mulch


Jim,

Potting mix:  about a 1:1:1 mix of:
nursery mix (canadian peat and composted forest products)
bulk soil (topsoil/peat/sand mix )
Perlite

Crust: thick dark layer, somewhat difficult to break

> If it might be dried algae, then you
> need to water with an algaecide maybe ?
I  couldn't tell about that.  Have watered with either tap water or rain
water when needed.

Fertilizer:  I used time release, osmocote mixed into the soil.

Repot?:  They've been in these cells since (I'm guessing) early June.  Cells
measure 2.5 by 2.5 by 3.5 inches deep.  They aren't too heavily rooted for
that size, but some do have roots coming out the bottom.

Jim, do you think I should repot now?  I suppose I should soon anyway to
prepare them for winter.  Let me know what you think.  This is sort of new
to me.

Kitty


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] seedling mulch


> Kitty wrote:
> > Last spring I started some Liriope seeds and later moved them up to a 25
> > cell pack of 2 inch cells.  They're doing just fine in full sun, watered
as
> > needed.  But tonight I checked, and at a glance, the surface was very
dark,
> > as if it had ample moisture.  This didn't seem right as it's been quite
hot.
> > Each cell has developed a  dark 1/8 to 1/4 inch crust.  I forked up each
> > cell and watered.  So tell me, should I be mulching the top of this flat
of
> > cells?  If so, with what?
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Three questions: what was the potting mix you used; did you fertilize
> the cells; what did the crust look like it was composed of (to end a
> sentence with a preposition :-() ? If it might be dried algae, then you
> need to water with an algaecide maybe ? Or perhaps the mix, if fertilized,
> encrusted the surface with dried fertilizer salts ? Sounds like you need
to
> dump the seedlings out and repot ?
> -jrf
> -- 
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 105 F [40 C], Min. 5 F [-15 C]
>
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