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I Planted Some Seeds Indoors Using Seed Starter Soil. Why Does The Water Repel? Is There A Trick To Watering So The Seeds Don’t

Zone Markesan, WI 53946 | NancyJD added on March 24, 2020 | Answered

The starter soil seems like it repels the water. Is there a trick to watering starter seeds in this soil? Thank you!

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BushDoctor
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Answered on March 25, 2020

This happens with Peat based mixes, once it dries out fully. It is very difficult to wet, once it has dried. Adding a drop of dish soap to a gallon of water can help, as can coconut oil, or wetting agents.

Alternatively, using coco coir based seedling mixes instead of Peat will be a good work-around. It is, naturally, full of wetting agents, and holds water far better.

These articles will help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-dries-too-fast.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/using-coconut-coir-mulch.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/planting-in-coco-peat-media.htm

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