Vermiculite Experiment 

I hastily planted some courgette seeds a couple of weeks ago, not realised just how early it was and forgetting how rapidly they grow. In just a few days they germinated and shot up as very tall and leggy seedlings. 

There was a long and interesting discussion on my Instagram post on what to do with my leggy seedlings and also I’m the benefits of using vermiculite. I realised that like tomatoes, courgettes actually produce roots from the main stem. This means my seedlings (if I plant them deep enough) could put out enough re-growth to create a strong and healthy plants.

I had a few options on what I could do next. Either continue to grow them regardless of their weak appearance, sow some more a few weeks later, or use the opportunity to experiment.

I picked up Aldi’s vermiculite (10lr for £3.49) and potted up two seedlings in a compost and vermiculite mix and the other two just compost. I predict that the two with vermiculite will retain more water and hopefully produce a stronger root system! I’ve never used vermiculite before, so this will be a useful experiment to see how the seedlings will benefit. 

3 thoughts on “Vermiculite Experiment 

  1. Seeing as courgettes grow in a squat shape, I don’t think them being leggy is as much of an issue that you may think.
    It’s be tempted to just plant them later and see how they go.

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    1. Hmm yes, I suppose you’re right. I’ll be planting them in a rather windy area though so I want them to be as strong and healthy as possible.

      I have four seedlings anyway and I definitely only need two maximum! I like an excuse to test and experiment 😊

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