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Yorky
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Seed sowing compost Reply with quote

I intended to sow veg. seeds today only to discover I had no seed compost.

Having scoured the garage I came across somne B&Q Multipurpose Peat Free Compressed Compost made from coir.

Is this any good for seed sowing? I've seen poor results generally for peat free seed composts in various reports.

Has anyone any knowledge / experience of this specific compost?

If it's no good, can anyone recommend a good seed compost?

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if the compost is multi purpose then it is suitable for seed sowing, other uses would be for cuttings window boxes flower pots or grow-bags. peat is merely the substitute for soil, an anchor for roots and the carrier and holder of moisture and nutrients.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used this compost and posted about it earlier - the bag I used was terrible and I had very low germination rates across all kinds of seeds. It's quite possible the bag I bought was old stock, but I would stay well clear of B&Q peat free compost.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for germination to take place you need heat air and moisture. if the compost was moist enough it should have worked but if it contained some toxic substance then the seedlings would die just after germination. Was the temperature alright or was the compost waterlogged. I prefer a peat based compost myself for seeds and plants, Try growing some established plants in the compost and see if they will grow.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess is that the compost was last years, possibly not sterile and home to fungus or some such. My seeds planted in peat based compost did just fine. I have emptied the offending compost into a ditch by the house.
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