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    tumbling tom is offline Sprouter
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    Default Starting seeds in paper pots...which soil?

    Ok after more reading (my brain is gonna explode!) I have decided to start my carrots, snips and onions in paper pots in the next couple of weeks (mainly cos my beds arent gonna be ready for a while).


    Now I just wanted a quick bit of advice as far as what type of soil/compost to use in these. I have read that snips and carrots dont like rich soil as they tend to fork. Would you just be able to fill to fill the pots with some growbag stuff or mpc?

    Advice would be appreciated guys.

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    If your beds aren't going to be ready for a while, I'd hold off....the parsnips and carrots will need to be transplanted before the tap root hits the bottom of the pot, and the paper will go mouldy if left too long.


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    I will time it accordingly, wasnt just gonna leave them for weeks, lol, but thanks for the heads up.

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    Unless you can garauntee the carrots etc will be transplanted without disturbance i wouldn't bother. Wait for the soil to warm and sow direct. Transplanted carrots do not perform well.

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    Sorry Tom, I'm with Rana here, I wouldn't sow parsnips and carrots into any pots, they don't like being transplanted, so I sow them where they are to grow. Hope it works for you if you decide to go ahead.
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    They're right - the roots will be out the bottom before you know it. But, to satisfy your itch, try a few... hold off the main lot until April though
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    well i was hoping to put the.paper pot directly in the ground, hence no root disturbance, hopefully.

    Still wondering what type of soil to put in them though.

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    Any seed, potting or mpc compost. I find mpc is fine. I use a certain brand recommended by two_sheds
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