Soil for my young seedlings
Torg22 Posts: 302
in Fruit & veg
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..?
I'd go and buy some fresh potting compost. Lots of buy one get one free offers at this time of year.
As hosta says Chris, use mpc. Soil will increase the likelihood of damping off disease, water with tap water and from underneath, much safer.
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.
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.