Soil mix for seedlings

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by farah fayyaz » March 4th, 2014, 4:44 pm

what is the source of bhaalu matti in islamabad

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Farhan Ahmed » March 4th, 2014, 5:12 pm

Red soil of Islamabad is equally good.

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Izhar » March 4th, 2014, 5:53 pm

farah fayyaz wrote:what is the source of bhaalu matti in islamabad
You can use fresh bhal (any soil which is used for growing plants in your area), do not use the old garden soil as it contains harmful fungi which will cause dampening off disease in seedlings...

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by rafique » March 4th, 2014, 6:53 pm

Really commendable effort and very helpful for us. Great sharing.
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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Izhar » March 4th, 2014, 9:19 pm

S.Ahmed wrote:You earlier said Bhaalu matti isn't available outside Karachi,what alternative should they use and instead of coco coir can shredded wood from carpenter shop be also used because if I am not wrong, coir isn't providing any nutrient to seed for growing,its just for covering the seeds & keeping soil moist and damp right?
wood shavings absorb nitrogen during decomposition so their use can cause nitrogen deficiency, coco coir decomposes very slowly and proved to improve soil's water holding capacity and softens the planting media structure ...

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Izhar » March 6th, 2014, 6:11 pm

They germinated yesterday...

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Post by S.Ahmed » March 6th, 2014, 10:58 pm

That was fast! :o

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Izhar » March 6th, 2014, 11:15 pm

Yes zinnia germinate quickly, most important is how many germinate i.e. germination rate..

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by S.Ahmed » March 6th, 2014, 11:34 pm

what was germination rate,low? How many seeds you sowed and how many germinated?
Did coco coir played any role in fast germination?

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Re: Soil mix for seedlings

Post by Izhar » March 7th, 2014, 9:06 am

The germination rate was good 7 out of 11 seeds have been germinated so for, coco coir plays an important role as it holds up the moisture for a longer time compared to soil thus enabling the use of less water and as it is very light in weight the seeds can easily sprout without utilizing much of their limited energy to break through the surface...

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