Seed starting mix comparison (pics)

April 10, 2010

Until this year I started everything in Planter's Pride pellets. They worked fine for me, but this year I decided to try seed starting mix in pots.

Based on reading GardenWeb I got Jiffy and Miracle-Gro seed starting mixes (have not found ProMix around here).

Just for fun I did a few side-by-side plantings. I planted the same seeds at the same time, one set in Jiffy mix and one set in Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix.

The germination and growth differences were pretty interesting. All the seeds in Jiffy mix germinated much slower and grew less vigorously.

Husky red cherry tomato (Jiffy left, Miracle-Gro right)

Litchi tomato (Morelle de Balbis) (Jiffy left, Miracle-Gro right)

Green tomatillo (Jiffy left, Miracle-Gro right)

A couple of days ago I received my order of Natural Beginnings seed starting mix from Gardens Alive. I have another side-by-side started with Miracle-Gro and Natural Beginnings, will report back when that has grown out.

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