Seeds forum: Starting seeds in vermiculite

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 5, 2016 7:05 PM CST
For those of you who do this -- what do you do with the "used" vermiculite after removing the seedlings? Do you dry it out and re-use it for seed starting? I've been thinking about doing that, but it seems like there could be a potential for seeds being left in the vermiculite that will sprout later -- or, maybe not? TIA...
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 6, 2016 8:18 AM CST
I use it over and over until it starts to grow algae or has too much detritus in it - then I let it dry out and incorporate it in my potting mix.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 7, 2016 8:11 AM CST
If I reuse it for new seeds--I leave the old label on, as well as a new label, so I will know what any rogue seedlings are.
Most of the time I dump it so it can be added to potting soils.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 7, 2016 10:52 AM CST
Lol .. 'rouge seeds' .. I like that ... that happens to me way too often.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 7, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Leaving the old label sounds like a good idea Caroline... I could avoid planting something similar and confusing the sprouts that way.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 8, 2016 8:11 AM CST

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I usually recycle it by dumping into the compost or a flower bed or flower pot...

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 8, 2016 4:04 PM CST
Thanks, Karen -- I think that may be the route I end up going with it!
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
May 9, 2016 3:21 AM CST

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Yeah was thinking of starting a barrel for recycling potting mix in fall.. have the room here to do it
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 9, 2016 5:24 AM CST

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I recycle my potting mix into my compost too.

Karen
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DavidLMO
May 16, 2016 11:35 PM CST
Compost heap. I never, ever reuse seed starting media. Ditto for last year's potting soil from containers.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 19, 2016 7:55 AM CST
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Name: Dee Moore
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DomehomeDee
Aug 5, 2016 10:03 PM CST
I reuse it. Not for houseplants or any really special plants. But I have gophers big time so I pot a lot plants. Many are succulents or plants that aren't soil picky and think they've got it good in used potting mix, I mean beats the hell out of my sandy soil. I haven't tried just vermiculite for starting seeds, I do use it as a top cover in seed trays though.

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