Fertilizing starter plants - Knowledgebase Question

Center Valley, PA
Question by BH4R2GIRLS
March 12, 1999
I plan to start some seeds inside soon. I would like to use organic fertilizer to help them along. When should I use the fertilizer and what kind of organic fertilizers are available?

Answer from NGA
March 12, 1999


Seedlings do not require any fertilizer until they have some true leaves. Even then, seedlings do not need very much in the way of fertilizer, especially since they are not kept in their containers for very long. If you use an organic mix to pot them up, it may already include some of the most common nutrients in the form of blood meal, wood ashes, and so on. Many organic gardeners will supplement the soil mix with water soluble "fertilizers" such as weak solutions of compost tea or fish emulsion, for example, until the transplants are moved to the garden.

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