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PostPosted: Sep 15th, '11, 06:19 
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I have a problem with plant spacing. :?

I have tried 2 methods. Chucking in seeds to the GB which will get concentrations of the same plant and now i am trying the second method of germinating the seeds out of the AP then moving them in to solve this problem.

The seeds i germinate in seedling mix grow to 2-3 cm then seem to whittle a little bit. Do i move them out of that mix and into potting mix? Or should they grow to a decent size so i can move them into the AP?

Im using yates seedling mix.

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When I transplant they always seem to hate life a bit before finally coming back strong - I have heard dipping them in seasol will help with this but haven't tried.. Personally I just plant the seeds in rows and thin / space them out as needed


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When transplanting seedlings out of dirt wash the dirt of the roots in a seasol solution. I also plant the punet soil and all into the gravel for a few days prior to removing from the dirt.

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I was thinking about making a frame out of string.

Basically the IBC GBs is 1.2x1m.

I was thinking about making a grid of 6x5 so basically 20x20cm and 30 big plants. I could also have a combination of 10x10 cm grids for smaller plants. Then with the grid lines i could chuck seeds in then thin them out if needed.

What do you guys think?

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I'm afraid I could never be that organized...

I normally mix my seeds and sprinkle them over the whole bed.

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I do that as well but i dont know what the seeds are and they always stick in a bunch.

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After planting my first lot of seeds in seeding mix, and having to transplant them, I went for the scatter method. It worked well the first time, but last time round not so good.

I think I dropped them in the first time, but second time dug them in. Maybe they got soaked, or sucked under. Not sure. Only the cucumber worked for that method.

How do you water the seeds if they are just dropped in? or is ther enough humidity to get them going. Flood and drain water level about 1" from surface.

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dr bee i just chuck it on the top of the media, they will fall through cracks and germinate. You dont need to dig them in.

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i have a highly developed method for planting seedlings into media. i pull it out of the punnet, squeeze the root base, shake it 3 times (any more and your playing with it) and stick it inot the media. used to wash all the soil off but CBF the last few times and nothing bad has come of it (yet)

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freoboy wrote:
i have a highly developed method for planting seedlings into media. i pull it out of the punnet, squeeze the root base, shake it 3 times (any more and your playing with it) and stick it inot the media. used to wash all the soil off but CBF the last few times and nothing bad has come of it (yet)


I like to play with mine though :D

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freoboy wrote:
i have a highly developed method for planting seedlings into media. i pull it out of the punnet, squeeze the root base, shake it 3 times (any more and your playing with it) and stick it inot the media. used to wash all the soil off but CBF the last few times and nothing bad has come of it (yet)


Its what I did..except shook it a few more times.. :think:


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freoboy wrote:
i have a highly developed method for planting seedlings into media. i pull it out of the punnet, squeeze the root base, shake it 3 times (any more and your playing with it) and stick it inot the media. used to wash all the soil off but CBF the last few times and nothing bad has come of it (yet)


Its what I did..except shook it a few more times.. :think:


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On my system, I have a 15cm diameter pot filled with hydroton in my GB. Then sow in the seeds in there, when the plants are about 5-6 cm tall I will transplant them to their own pots. This way I can set them deeper so the can grow much straighter as they get more support from the deeper setting. I do this for pak choy and lettuce size seeds, for smaller seeds I will add a layer of kitchen roll about an inch below the water height and as the seeds germinate the roll with disintegrate and seeds grow happily. My system is a raft style so my spacing is fixed at 15cm at this time as I grow leafy greens only...so can't really answer the question of spacing needed.

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So many different ways of doing it...... :)

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I scattered some spinach seeds in a half-barrel growbed and brushed the top of the gravel to let them sink down into the gravel a bit.
In the front half of the barrel where the bell sipon is, the seeds are sprouting. In the back half where the water inlet is, nothing at all. :think:

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