Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.



Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 11:28 pm

» Hello from Buffalo NY
by cuzzinchris Yesterday at 11:25 pm

» something is digging up my plants !
by TCgardening Yesterday at 9:11 pm

» Hello from Anchorage, Alaska
by TCgardening Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» 2014 garden = "C-"
by TCgardening Yesterday at 8:58 pm

» Fall garden planting time
by TCgardening Yesterday at 8:34 pm

» What Else Would I Need
by Windmere Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» New England August 2014
by camprn Yesterday at 7:49 pm

» PNW: August 2014
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 7:10 pm

» SFG in Amsterdam Nieuw West
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 7:01 pm

» Back on
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 6:52 pm

» Premixed Mel's Mix needs something
by camprn Yesterday at 6:37 pm

» Baker Creek seed sale
by GardenGroupie Yesterday at 3:35 pm

» Being Locked out of SFG forum is scarey
by RJARPCGP Yesterday at 1:51 pm

» Mystery Nests
by Windmere Yesterday at 1:07 pm

» Really frustrating gardening summer-2014
by southern gardener Yesterday at 11:52 am

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by lynn5107 Yesterday at 11:21 am

» an abundant harvest
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 12:18 am

» Help ID this squash, please?
by donnainzone10 8/19/2014, 9:49 pm

» Weather Warning - Middle South
by Windmere 8/19/2014, 8:00 pm

» Roasting tomatoes
by quiltbea 8/19/2014, 7:40 pm

» Mid-At Aug 2014 - Cooler than normal August?
by sfg4uKim 8/19/2014, 6:22 pm

» Are you seeing bees?
by plantoid 8/19/2014, 5:56 pm

» 2014 2,000 Square Foot Garden
by dstack 8/19/2014, 5:52 pm

» Zuccini Recipes
by plantoid 8/19/2014, 5:49 pm

» Corn Pollination Problem - Spacing
by plantoid 8/19/2014, 5:01 pm

» Have Orange milkweed-Asclepias tuberosa
by Judy McConnell 8/19/2014, 2:54 pm

» replanting onions
by Windmere 8/19/2014, 1:46 pm

» garden yields
by Marc Iverson 8/19/2014, 12:16 pm

» Butterfly/Pollinator Havens - Which plants are your favorite to cultivate?
by Windmere 8/19/2014, 11:44 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

Post  oxmyx1 on 5/20/2011, 7:12 pm

Hi - I just got one of these 200 cell styrofoam trays for seed starting. I can't find anyone anywhere who has any experience with them. They are designed to 'air trim' the root system - they are shaped like inverted pyramids and the whole thing is to be suspended over a tray to catch water. Water by misting, and just enough to not leach nutrients. Supposedly, they are used by commercial growers. Yield more uniform transplants with an almost equal ratio of above ground plant to root system.

NOT included in the instructions is ... how long to leave them in the tray???? The cells are only an inch square so they won't be very big to transplant - but the instructions say they will be stronger and more resistant to transplant shock.

I'd appreciate any insight anyone has on this system!

Linda

oxmyx1

Female Posts: 51
Join date: 2011-05-11
Location: higher than Santa Fe, NM - zone 5?

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

Post  bullfrogbabe on 5/20/2011, 8:25 pm

I tried plastic seed trays with 1/2 inch round plugs this year. They work the same way as the bottom is open to allow roots to air prune. Once seeds germinate I move them out of the heated dome tray and under the growinh lights on a tray. The plugs need regular watering from the bottom so they don't dry out.

I found they save alot of room in the heated seed tray with dome, and have fewer wasted peat pots if seeds don't germinate.

Once the roots start growing out the bottom enough to hold the plug together you pop them out (push plug up thru bottom with pencil) and transplant them in either into a large jiffy pot (peppers / tomatoes), small jiffy pots (cabbage, broccoli), or directly into ground outside for lettuce/herbs. Length of time varies depending on how fast the seeds need to produce roots and sometimes true leaves.

They worked well for me.








bullfrogbabe

Female Posts: 189
Join date: 2010-03-03
Age: 43
Location: Petawawa, Ontario, Canada Zone 4a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

Post  oxmyx1 on 5/20/2011, 9:01 pm

Hi, BFB - thank you so much for your reply. So you watered yours by putting them in standing water in the tray underneath? Sounds easier than misting from above. The included instructions say I can actually start them outside - but unfortunately, on my deck they would not get 14-18 hours of sun. AND it's been so incredibly windy here I think the whole shebang would end up in Canada.

I'm anxious to get started on summer crops. Wish me luck on this!

Linda

oxmyx1

Female Posts: 51
Join date: 2011-05-11
Location: higher than Santa Fe, NM - zone 5?

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

Post  bullfrogbabe on 5/26/2011, 10:56 pm

Yes I water them from the bottom. I set them on plastic food serving trays bought from the dollar store. I pour some water in tray, just enough that the plugs wet themselves without leaving them in standing water.

I found that spraying the tops caused damping off for some seedlings. It also caused the soil to "bubble" up as air was displaced and the soil would sometimes rush out the open bottoms of the cells with the excess water.


bullfrogbabe

Female Posts: 189
Join date: 2010-03-03
Age: 43
Location: Petawawa, Ontario, Canada Zone 4a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: SPEEDLING TRAYS - anyone tried these?

Post  oxmyx1 on 5/26/2011, 11:32 pm

Thank you for your advice. I learned the hard way about damping off with my first batch of seedlings in a regular grow light tray...

With regard to the 'air pruning' of roots - is it necessary to put a fan close by the tray to create air movement or is just the suspension of the tray on 2x4's good enough? It's so exciting to see the first little greenies breaking forth!!!

oxmyx1

Female Posts: 51
Join date: 2011-05-11
Location: higher than Santa Fe, NM - zone 5?

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum