Seed Starting Potting Mix
Definition - What does Seed Starting Potting Mix mean?
Seed starting potting mix is a loose type of grow medium designed to provide seeds and seedlings with the strongest start possible. Seed starting potting mixes are designed to foster healthy, strong roots from the very beginning, ensuring healthy growth throughout a plant’s life.
Note that there are many different types of formulations on the market, many of which contain similar blends of vitamins, nutrients, and synthetic fertilizers. Some seed starting mixes contain soil, but most are soilless, containing mainly peat moss, as well as coconut fibers. It’s also important to understand that you can make your own starting mix with organic compost if you would prefer to avoid chemical compounds.
MaximumYield explains Seed Starting Potting Mix
In general, seed starting potting mix is lightweight to ensure sprouting seeds can push their way to the surface of the medium. If it has come pre-mixed with a fertilizer (many of them don't), the fertilizer is usually in very low concentrations because seeds don't require much, if any, fertilization until they are transplanted into their permanent homes.
While a seed technically contains all the elements necessary for a plant to grow, there’s no secret to the fact that the right growing environment is needed to ensure health and strength. Commercially available seed starting mixes contain a unique mixture of vitamins, minerals and other elements needed to help ensure strong, robust plant growth.
Seed starting potting mix is available from most garden centers and big box stores. It can be purchased in bags ranging from just a couple of pounds to large packages ideal for maintaining a large garden. As an alternative to using loose seed starting potting mix, growers can start plants in plant plugs, or rockwool, oasis, or soil cubes.
Seed starting potting mix differs from conventional potting soil in many ways, and should not be used for planting mature plants. Plants should be transplanted into a different medium when they are mature enough for transplantation. The mixture contains a special formulation designed to enhance plant root growth and health, and can be used with flower seeds, vegetable seeds, and herb seeds.
Note that the term 'seed starting potting mix' is also a patented formula created by Miracle-Gro.