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Old 04-08-2015, 01:53 PM
 
Location: NC
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was just walking in the garden store and noticed the vegetable plants tomatoes etc are VERY healthy with strong upright stems and nice leaves....also noticed a whitish mix in their containers, so my question is what y'all do after the seeds germinate and are moved to a slightly bigger container ? Any plant food to make them strong
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Fish emulsion is usually what I give my starts. As for transplanting, it depends. Much of my garden goes into the ground once the roots have been well established.
I typically start with 4 inch pots, but germination trays are fine as well. But as I mentioned. I transplant once there is good root growth.
Once in the ground, I use different foods based on the stage of growth.
There are different proportions of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) in different foods, growth requires different proportions than the fruiting stage.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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They were sprouted and kept in a heated greenhouse, plant food is not the main reason for their health. For tomatoes, bone meal is like a wonder-drug. Work it into the soil before transplanting, and you will be amazed at how much better they do. For all of my plants I just use Miracle-Gro every two weeks during the growing season.
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