Seed Compost: The Ultimate Guide
Seed compost is one of the most underrated growing media in current use, yet seed compost contains the right balance of nutrients your seedlings need to grow into strong and healthy plants. Better still, seed compost will help you establish healthy seedlings as well as healthy young plants as the compost mix contains exactly what is required for exceptional growth.
WHAT IS SEED COMPOST?
Our seed compost is a Soil Association approved peat free seed and propagation compost which provides all the essential and beneficial plant nutrients required for seed germination and seedling establishment. All of our composts contain no leaf mould, no green waste (so no chance of weeds hiding in your new compost bag) and no peat in the mix. making Biochar Seed Compost just what is required for sowing your seeds, as well as being great for the environment.
CAN YOU GROW SEEDS IN NORMAL COMPOST?
If sowing seeds in a pots or containers, we would advise against multi-purpose compost (see further down in this article for details) due to it’s potential detrimental effects. Compost for germinating seeds is the correct compost because it’s specifically created for that purpose. Seed composts can also help reduce the number of failed germinations during seed sowing since the mix used has a higher success rate, and the young plants generated will have strong roots and potential longer life as a result of the excellent start they’ll get.
DO I NEED SPECIAL COMPOSTS FOR SEEDS?
Yes, seed composts are ideal potting mixes for beginning plants. If seedlings are put straight into a seed-growing mix, they will receive less fertiliser than multi purpose composts or general potting composts. This is ideal as it means that the delicate roots of your newly germinated seedlings are not damaged by the higher levels of fertiliser.
CAN I PLANT SEEDS IN PEAT-FREE COMPOST?
The answer is yes, peat free seed compost is suitable to be used as a seed planting or sewing medium for seeds. However, all purpose, multi purpose or garden compost should not be confused with seed compost. Any type of compost can be designed to be peat free, but seed sowing compost is designed to support sowing seed and support young plants straight from the seed packet.
WHAT BRAND OF SEED COMPOST IS BEST?
Of course, we will claim that we produce the best seed compost, but after going over the advantages listed below, we hope you may come to the same conclusion..
- Peat free. Our specialist composts contain a coir base so there is no negative impact on the environment from using peat.
- Excellent germination rates ensure less waste and more young plants.
- The porous nature of Carbon Gold’s seed compost allows it to hold and retains water, ensuring that your plants have access to water when they need it. It also helps you save money because you are not watering as frequently.
- Natural biology and biochar added to the mix.
- Our specifically designed seed composts are exactly the right balance of nutrients, pre-mixed and ready for seed sowing, while giving excellent moisture retention.
HOW CAN I MAKE SEED COMPOST?
Carbon Gold Biochar Seed Compost is preformulated, ready to use straight out the bag, so there is no need to make it yourself.
CAN I USE ANY COMPOST FOR SEEDS?
Short answer: Seed compost is best for seedlings.
Longer answer: Seed compost has less fertiliser in it than a multi purpose compost which can scorch the roots of seedlings.
CAN YOU USE MULTI PURPOSE COMPOSTS FOR GRASS SEEDS?
As per above, unfortunately multi purpose composts are too high in fertiliser content and will scorch your grass seeds before they have a chance to germinate.
HOW DO I PURCHASE SEED COMPOST AND HOW MUCH IS IT?
If you’re looking for an organic, sustainable way to improve your soil quality and get a jump on the gardening season, Carbon Gold’s Biochar Seed Compost is a great option. Our online ordering process makes it easy to get started and start enjoying increased germination rates, quality plant growth and stronger roots.