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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Apr 14, 2017 11:23 PM CST
I'm having a problem with my seedlings. I planted them in coir and since there's no nutrients in coir I've been feeding them fish emulsion with every watering. At first I halved the amount per gallon of water but when it didn't seem to make a difference I changed up to what the label directions said. It still didn't make a difference, in fact I think its getting worse.

Would it hurt them to make a stronger mix or do you think I should get them something like Miracle Gro?

Any help would be appreciated

Thumb of 2017-04-15/mnmat/fa0b45 This is a Hibiscus

Thumb of 2017-04-15/mnmat/a4a6fe Snapdragons

Thumb of 2017-04-15/mnmat/9a79aa Petunias that were labeled Pansies.
Can you see how the veins are standing out and the leaves are curled?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 14, 2017 11:57 PM CST
The problem with fish emulsion is that it relies on microbes in the soil to help the fish emulsion components break down into something the plants can use. You are using coir and, as you pointed out, there's nothing in there. Switch to Miracle Gro (but use it at 1/4 to 1/2 strength).

I'm not a fan of coir - I have never had good experiences with it. This is when a whole lot of folks are going to jump in and tell you they love it. I hate it.
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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Apr 15, 2017 12:26 AM CST
Thanks Daisy

This is my first and last year using coir. I'll get my Miracle Gro out tomorrow . I am worried cuz I have 3 trays each holding 8 6-paks of seedlings. I want them nice n green and happy!

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