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Old 04-27-2010, 09:49 AM
Location: Neither here nor there
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I have dozens of vegetable and flowers still in their seedling pots, awaiting warmer weather and more growth before transplanting them outside. They were all started in a seed starting mixture. Should I be giving them a little plant food while they are still so young? Would make sense to give them a light feeding while still in the sprouting pots but what kind should I use? TIA
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:08 AM
Location: rain city
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I wouldn't.

Seedlings die easily. Any little thing that goes wrong will cause them to keel over--and pffft, they're done. They have no root system to speak of right now and will be easily overwhelmed by any kind of nutritional/environmental imbalance.

You started them in an enriched medium, they currently look happy and healthy, leave 'em be.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:16 AM
Location: Albemarle, NC
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I never feed seedlings unless they have the second set of leaves that look like the mature leaves of the plant. Seed starting mixtures don't usually have any nutrients to speak of. Once they've got those true leaves, I use Miracle Gro. I mix a gallon according to the directions. Then I pour 1/4 of that mixture into another gallon container and top it off with water. I use that for a couple weeks. Then I switch to 1/2 strength. By the time they go in the ground, they're ready for full strength.

Azoria is correct about them dying easily. If you're worried about burning them, just leave them be and start fertilizing once they're planted.
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