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bradelvy
May 13, 2017 5:57 AM CST
How do I stop the plants in picture 1 from turning out like picture 2?
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WillC
May 13, 2017 9:32 AM CST
These tiny seedlings should be potted in very small 2-inch pots until they are well established. Provide lots of sunlight, warmth and monitor the watering very carefully.

I don't understand why this is labeled "Bonsai Trees."
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Baja_Costero
May 13, 2017 10:20 AM CST
You can start seeds in any size container you want. I personally hate the tiny 2 inch pots. They require more regular water than I like to provide, and they tend to make it hard to pop out well-rooted plants inside. The most important thing when choosing a pot for small seedlings is that it not be too deep, otherwise make use of what you have available.

Do the containers have holes in the bottom? How often/much are you watering them? Do you have another kind of soil around that would not be so water-retentive? Is there any way you could cut the coir/peat with pumice or perlite?
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WillC
May 13, 2017 11:18 AM CST
Baja, You are right in theory about using any sized pot. However, the reality is that most folks that may not have your experience will likely inadvertently overwater when using a large pot. Using small pots significantly reduces the risk of inadvertent over watering.
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purpleinopp
May 14, 2017 5:23 AM CST
Overwatering/root rot is a result of soil type, whether or not it has oxygen when moist, not how much water is added, or the frequency at which it is added. Peat moss is horrible stuff in which to try to grow a plant. Adding a lot of perlite to that can help, if it is peat and you want to try to use it.
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