All Things Gardening forum: Fertilizing seedlings

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Hockeyrabbit
Apr 29, 2014 5:27 PM CST
Hi-

I've grown a bunch of flowers and veggies from seed and am ready to fertilize them. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good fertilizer to use. I have the seedlings growing in the front room of my house, I can not use fish emulsion or kelp as that would stink. Any other options would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Josh
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 29, 2014 6:03 PM CST
Soluble Miracle-Gro or "Peters Professional" water soluble fertilizers.

But use it very weak! Like 1/4 strength, infrequently. Classic words of wisdom apply:
"weakly, weekly".

Even if you started seeds in something like pure vermiculite or peat or bark with zero nutrients, young seedlings are hurt more than helped by fertilizer unless they are old enough to be ready for it.

What do others think is a good time to start light fertilization? Two pairs of true leaves? Four pairs?

Maybe someone knows of a no-smell, fast-release organic fertilizer.

Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 29, 2014 8:08 PM CST
A good "baby food" for seedlings is worm casting tea. It might vary by brand, but the worm castings that I've used have not been smelly.
Name: David Reaves
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david_reaves
Apr 29, 2014 10:37 PM CST
I agree with Rick. I use weak Miracle Gro water-soluble fertilizer (1/4 recommended strength) on seedlings after they have 4 to 6 pairs of true leaves. I fertilize no more than every two weeks until they are planted. Seems to work okay for me. I grow seedlings in peat pellets, so there are essentially no nutrients.

David
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Seedfork
Apr 30, 2014 9:20 AM CST
Hockeyrabbit,
You have probably already considered this, but these days a lot of seed starting mediums already have a small amount of fertilizer in them, just make sure you are not giving your seedlings a double dose.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 30, 2014 4:51 PM CST
That sounds good to me: "weakly, bi-weekly".

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