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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Why not float them Chicken? Just add your seeds, float the tray and 8 weeks later plant them into your garden.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Quote Originally Posted by Jitterbugdude View Post
    Why not float them Chicken? Just add your seeds, float the tray and 8 weeks later plant them into your garden.
    i did a little research on them,

    and floating them / vs/ my '' area'' i .. dont think it would work,

    i gotta keep my young seedling's in a enclosed greenhouse,

    > i got roaming animals in my yard, that eat young seedling's.
    GIVING BIG TOBACCO THE MIDDLE FINGER,

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Thanks leverhead they look nice root trainer trays. I used some like that this year and they grew well in them and the roots came out of the bottom. they worked much better that the smaller pots in the picture they were also split cells that helped,

    Larry many thanks for that information on the float depth of the trays that is what i needed to know. All I need now is to sort out the wicking compost as they don't sell it over here.

    Many thanks

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    [QUOTE=Markw;24117]. All I need now is to sort out the wicking compost as they don't sell it over here.
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    It is mostly peat moss with a little bit of vermiculite and/or pearlite added to it. The "real tobacco soiless mix" also has a small dose of fertilizer mix in to it.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    I used 50/50 Peat Moss/ Vermiculite, I sifted the peat through a screen that had about 3/16 (2.5mm) openings. I mixed it in a small trash bag, then sprayed it with enough water to hold it's shape when squeezed into a ball. I put the bag in the sun to warm it up, to speed up the moisture absorption. I used plain water for the first week, then I added the fertilizer mix. Otherwise you'll just be feeding algae.

    Just an off the wall question. When do you start your seeds?

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    March, 11, 2013. at 23.00
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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Here is video 1 of how to fill a float tray .

    http://youtu.be/bePf-5W98H4

    Here is video 2 of my one seed at a time tray

    http://youtu.be/cSIXwVzstbs
    Last edited by BigBonner; 04-10-2013 at 07:21 PM.

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    Excellent instruction. The two devices (dibble board and seeder) are great ideas.

    Bob

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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    BigBonner, I'm going to have to try the float trays next year in my greenhouse. Do you mix the wicking soil yourself or buy it?
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    Re: Tell me about float tray systems

    BarG

    It is a commercial mix for tobacco . Years ago when float trays were invented and the soil was not perfected . The soil was causing alot of problems in the float bed systems . Mainly it was spiral root and farmers packing the soil too tightly in the float trays .

    I have alot of soil left over . I purchased way too much this year .

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