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Espoma SS16 16-Quart Organic Seed Starter Premium Potting Mix
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- Premium potting mix
- For organic gardening
- All natural
- Enhanced with myo tone
- Improve moisture retention
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This is an ideal mix for bottom watering. I use 1020 trays and 32 cell flats. I fill the cells to the level the seeds are to be planted at and tamp the soil down. I use an extra cell for this that I cut out of an old tray. After that I add the seeds and then fill the cells to the top with seed starting mix. Then tamp down the mix again. At this point I bottom water. The soil mix absorbs the water all the way to the top of the cells within an hour. If it takes longer than that its only because I did not add enough water to begin with. I use bottom heat and a humidity dome and in a few short days things are sprouting.
A litte seed starting advice.
Use new cells and trays or wash the ones you have with water and bleach. One Tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Once cleaned be sure to rinse them with clean water. This is to lower the risk of molds and fungus's growing in your trays.
Use bottom heat and a humidity dome. The bottom heat will greatly increase your germination rates and the speed at which your seeds germinate. Use a spray bottle to keep your humidity dome damp. Remove the humidity dome after your seeds have successfully sprouted. If you don't you will increase your odds of having a problem with molds and fungus's.Read more ›
Here is where the problem is with this stuff. It is NOT seed starter. It is quite course with some chunks an inch in size of old peat pots, twigs, and long slivers of bark, along with vermiculite. The vermiculite is suppose to be in there, along with peat but it isn't suppose to be a course mix like potting soil. I am starting seeds today, and this is all I have and I spent $14 and some change plus shipping, a big price to pay for regular potting soil which I could have gotten for $8 for 2cubic feet locally, if that was what I needed. So now I will have to forgo starting the finest of the seeds for another day, after I can find some decent seed starter. As for the rest such as tomatoes, I will need to pluck out the chunks of bark and twigs first at the top of the soil. If this had been labeled simply potting soil and organic, that would have been fine, but this is a rip off. Of course, if you are not starting fine seed you could use this and it would be ok, such as squash or morning glories or any seed that isn't very small. But why would you want to buy this when you can go to any nursery or hardware store that carries regular potting soil in 2 cubic foot bags for $8-9. This is very irritating. And I did buy this from Amazon
It grows mold in warm humid use for starting seeds.
It is not light enough either. I added about a third
by volume of perlite and use it for repotting after starting my seeds.
It seems to have adequate nutrients for seedlings to grow before
transplanting into the garden.
I ran experiments with seeds in this and with another mix (no Perlite), and lettuce seeds took four more days to germinate in the Espoma. That's time I can't afford to waste..
More details: I started marigold seeds, half with Black Gold (which I have also reviewed) and the other half in Espoma's seed starting mix. They were subjected to the same conditions indoors under fluorescent lights. The seeds in the Black Gold mix started growling in just 3 days, while those in Espoma's mix were 1-2 days behind. The germination rates for Espoma were also ~30% lower.
Update 3 weeks later: the seedlings are now outside enjoying the sun. Those on the left were planted in Black Gold, while those on the right were planted in Espoma's seed starting mix. I planted almost twice as many seeds to get enough marigolds in Espoma's mix in the end, but once they germinated, the seedlings took off! I've now had to add fertilizer to those grown in Black Gold, in the hopes of improving their growth so they can catch up. Keep in mind that you will need to fertilize if you choose Black Gold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tried it for first time last year and it worked great! Bought more for this year and will continue to buy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dmchtx72
I read reviews on this and even some did a side by side test with Black Gold and Espoma Seed Starter for both short term and long term results and one had lower short term... Read morePublished 3 months ago by WesZ
Works great!! Seeds sprout easily and grow into beautiful healthy plants!Published 6 months ago by PotatoJuice
I really liked this seed starter. Thought it was the best I have ever used. It seemed to promote a strong growth of roots and the plants were very healthy.Published 8 months ago by Mrs C
Seeds took off fairly good with a mixture of worm castings mixed with this.It doesn't take much of the worm castings to make a good type of start for any type of seed and it is... Read morePublished 8 months ago by G.Fair