Feeding seedlings

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  1. Ken Abbott

    Ken Abbott Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi

    I have a number of tomato and sweet pepper seedlings that have some true leaves coming through. I have repotted from seedling trays to a suitably sized pot - I'm new to all this, what feed should I be adding?

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    None at the moment there should be enough feed in the compost to keep them going for 4-6 weeks. I only feed when the start to flower. How big are the plants?

    Rusty
     
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    • Ken Abbott

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      Plants are about 3 inches with some true leaves coming through.
       
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      Agree with Rusty! If they're potted into standard multi-purpose compost, there should be enough feed to keep them going for at least 4 weeks.
       
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Sounds like they are a bit leggy, when you pot on toms you should replant so that the seed leaves are pretty much touching the surface of the compost.
       
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        If you are going to feed them later in bigger pots only use a Nitrogen feed such as Phostrogen or Miracle gro for example and only feed with Potash, Tomorite or similar when the first flowers appear.
        Most folk growing toms and peppers/chillies will have both.
         
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        • Mike Allen

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          Speaking as a professional. Please forget, abandoned all this feeding thingy.
          Never attempt to feed seedings. All this feeding and fertilizing, such rubbish.
           
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          • rustyroots

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            Can also be made for free. Nettle feed is high in Nitrogen good for leaf growth and Comfrey feed high in potash/potassium good for fruiting growth.
            Rusty
             
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