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I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?

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David wrote:
I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?


Seed composts, yes, but not necessarily a positive one :-( Too fine
a particle size leads to compaction, and the seeds will fail. I have
some Westland 'John Innes' young plant compost, and shall take it to
a tip when they reopen - it's virtually pure silt and NBG.


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On 13/05/2020 15:34, David wrote:
I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?

Cheers


Dave R


I've noticed recently that the multi-purpose I bought (Jack Magic from
Westland) has a lot of small stones in it, around 50mm so is probably no
use for seeds. Having bought 3 for 2, I'm stuck with it jsut for the
troughs and large pots
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On 13/05/2020 15:34, David wrote:
I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?

Cheers


Dave R


I've noticed recently that the multi-purpose I bought (Jack Magic from
Westland) has a lot of small stones in it, around 50mm so is probably no
use for seeds. Having bought 3 for 2, I'm stuck with it jsut for the
troughs and large pots


50mm?? That's 2 inches, hardly what I'd call small stones, I'd return
it regardless of whether it was a "3 for 2" or whatever.

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On 13/05/2020 15:34, David wrote:
I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.


Rub the stuff slightly or sieve it to make sure there a no big lumps.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?


The main difference is that there is a bit too much long term nutrient
in the general multipurpose compost for young seedlings.

It is worth cutting it 2+1 or even 1+1 with a washed sharp sand or
perlite/vermiculite to make it freer draining and slightly more friendly
to germinating seeds. I find it really only matters with the finest and
tricky seeds - I normally plant anything robust in multi-purpose.

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On 13/05/2020 15:34, David wrote:
I tend to use Multi-Purpose for everything, but my first lot of sowings of
small seeds look to be struggling a bit with the large particle size.

Do all seed and cutting composts have a smaller particle size, and does
this make a big difference?

Cheers


Dave R

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