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Seed starting mix comparison (pics)

queenofthemountain
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.

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

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

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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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