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Joanna25-Feb-03 06:01 PM EST 5b   
Diane Kaiser25-Feb-03 08:49 PM EST 7b   
Jodie01-Mar-03 10:07 PM EST 2b   
JoanneS06-Mar-03 03:39 PM EST 3a   
jtwheeler3505-Apr-03 06:07 AM EST 5b   
Jo-Anne05-Apr-03 10:15 AM EST 3   
jtwheeler3505-Apr-03 05:21 PM EST 5b   

Subject: Peat Pellets
From: Joanna (
Zone: 5b
Date: 25-Feb-03 06:01 PM EST

I am thinking of useing peat pellets to start some annuals indoors,Ihave never used them before,are they any good for starting seeds indoors or am I better off useing some other containers? Thanks

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: Diane Kaiser
Zone: 7b
Date: 25-Feb-03 08:49 PM EST

I have tried the peat pellets a few times.... with very little success. I much prefer the trays to start my seeds. You can cover the trays to retain the moisture. I found the pellets had a tendancy to dry a bit too fast. I did notice now that they are coming in trays with lids... maybe I would have better success with them. You have to be prepared to also put the pellets into another container when the seedlings get too big. Just my preference I guess... good luck. Give a few a try in both and see what you think. They are cheap enough for trying.

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: Jodie
Zone: 2b
Date: 01-Mar-03 10:07 PM EST

Hi Joanna, I have tried pellets avec the tray and lid and didn't like them. I was growing carnations in them and they grew crooked due to the pellet not fully rising up to be even. They do also dry out really quickly. Try it and see what you think. I know I'm sticking with the dirt and peat pot method. Good luck!!

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: JoanneS (
Zone: 3a
Date: 06-Mar-03 03:39 PM EST

My peat pellets went moldy very quickly, but then, so did my peat pots. Peat pots were bigger, so I could keep plants in the pots longer. I like to use the pots for plants that don't transplant well.

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: jtwheeler35
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Apr-03 06:07 AM EST

I'm using cell packs, peat pots and peat pellets - Yes they do dry out a bit quicker than the cell packs, so I keep them in a tray and on some plates - when they start to dry, I mist and add some water in the tray (1/2") and let them drink it up - just watch after that - lightly squeeze them - if they don't leave a wetness on your fingers, water and mist - if they are moist - wait 'til they are dryer before watering. If you are like me - I tend to my new babies daily and it takes just a minute to test. So far, I haven't had any moss, algae or mold - they have a slightly warm environment (68 degrees) and light with a slight breeze of air circulation from a cieling fan (crucial to avoid molds and fungus) too much humidity and too much water are key to growing the spores. This has been my experience and hopefully it helps you and your decision to try or not. The PLUS side, you can plant the whole pots with either the pellet or the peat pot and not damage any transplants like in a cell pack. Next time I will just use the peat products 'cuz I have already lost some lobelias by transplanting from cells. (what a touchy seedling anyways) JT

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: Jo-Anne
Zone: 3
Date: 05-Apr-03 10:15 AM EST

Just remember when using peat pots to either rip off the top edge of the pot or plant it deep enough to not be seen. Exposed peat pot will draw moisture away from your plant and cause your seedlings to die.

Subject: RE: Peat Pellets
From: jtwheeler35
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Apr-03 05:21 PM EST

Great Tip! not to mention it looks rather unprofessional and stands out in the garden - but leaving the tops on until the seedlings can stand up to the winds is not a bad idea to protect them - then remove them once they're established. JT

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