One of the keys to getting great seed germination is using a high quality seed starting mix. A great mix will have good drainage, excellent water and air holding capacity, and enough nutrition to kick start vegetative growth. You can find lots of high quality seed starting mixes (and some really crappy ones), but if you want to make your own, check out our favorite recipe below!
The Ultimate Seed Starting Mix Recipe
To make your own mix, you'll need a few ingredients. Unfortunately the ingredients below are usually sold in bulk, but remember that all the minor elements will last for a LONG time and make a TON of excellent seed starting mix. The recipe below is based on using 1 gallon of base (Coco Coir) to start with, then basing the rest of the measurements off that 1 gallon starting point.
- 1 Part Coco Coir (1 gallon ready to use - not compressed)
- 1/2 Part Peat Moss (0.5 gallons)
- 1/3 part Perlite (0.3 gallons)
- 1.5 cups Worm Castings (0.10 gallons)
- Mykos (1-2 tbls)
- Humic Acid (1-2 tbls)
- Azomite (1-2 tbls)
- Oystershell (1 tbls)
- Dolomite Lime (1 tlbs)
When you're using ANY seed starting mix, you're going to want to pre-moisten it BEFORE planting your seeds. Once its fully hydrated, grab a handful and literally squeeze any excess moisture out of it. Then you can put it in your trays or pots and plant away :) If you want to skip making your own mix and just buy a phenomenal ready to use bag click here.
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