Guys…Spring has recently arrived here for zone 7 and I just realized I made a pretty solid mistake. Hopefully, I can fix it but I think I may have killed many many plants….
In my gung ho-ness of starting trays and trays of seeds I overlooked a critical fact:
Seed starting soil is only for seed starting and is not for plants when they have 2-4 true leaves.
Seed starting soil is beautifully light, fluffy, and doesn’t contain random sticks, but it doesn’t contains any of nutrients that the plant needs to survives once it really starts growing. (i.e has 2-4 true leaves)
For the past few weeks I was wondering why the leaves off my plants were starting to die, turn purple, and/or stoped growing all together. Frankly, I didn’t do anything about it because I couldn’t figure out what I was missing!
They had grow lights at the right height, consistent watering, and the room was nice a warm. Come on plants!
Then I read the back of the seed starting soil bag…….
Dear Future Nicole,
Read the information on the back of things. It may actually be helpful.
Well now I know.
To amend the situation I needed to get my plants nutrients STAT. So, I rushed to my local tractor supply and grabbed some liquid nutrients to hold them over until I could repot them into larger cell trays with potting soil. Which I promptly did the next day.
Sorry kids I know you need to be homeschooled and food, but mommy has spent way too much time and money to let these die now! …I may have actually uttered that sentence.
I don’t have many good before pictures because as soon as I realized my error I sprang into action and didn’t even think about taking pictures. The three pictures above are 2+ weeks after amending the situation.
For two days I was furiously repotting my beloved starts into new pots with new potting soil full of nutrients to hopefully act as a defibrillator on my poor plants.
In the end – a few tomato plants just died, a few stunted and are still slowly fading closer towards death, and others seem to be making a full recovery.
Other plants like peppers, chamomile, lambs ear, and others seem to be doing just fine.
Not all is lost. Many of my plants are going to pull through, though they are a little stunted. But I had planted these a bit prematurely so these will hopefully catch up just fine.
So, please don’t be like me and check what soil you are using. I know this is a novice gardening mistake and I am learning the hard way, but it could be so much worse.
Time to head back out to the garden and finish weeding.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to hang out here!