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Soil for my young seedlings

Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302


My seedlings (chillis & tomatoes) have now outgrown their trays and I need to transplant them into small pots this weekend really. I have a large bag worth of soil that I have kept from when we was growing a load of herbs outside last year. The soil consists of good soil but it has loads of broken up leaves/roots in it.

Would this soil be ok to use to pot up the seedlings or would it be possibly lacking nutrients etc..?




  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    I'd go and buy some fresh potting compost. Lots of buy one get one free offers at this time of year.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    As hosta says Chris, use mpc. Soil will increase the likelihood of damping off disease, water with tap water and from underneath, much safer.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,690

    Or try John Innes No 1. A lot of multi purpose compost is very fibrous and some young plants prefer something a bit loamier.

  • The deciding actor for me, would be that your 'soil' will probably not be sterile....leading to all sorts of post-transplanting problems. Sterilization eliminates fungi, bacterial diseases and destructive bugs that may be in the soil.

    Would recommend a multipurpose compost at this stage, or (as has already suggested) JI No 1.


  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Thanks for your advice. I ended up getting some new soil over the weekend. I got some John Innes No 2. (couldn't remember what one you lot recommended). That said the lady at the nursery said it should be fine.

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