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« on: March 23, 2010, 07:34:06 PM »

Hi there everyone.  i just ordered my 1st aerogarden today and have been reading through these forums for the past couple days.  This place seems like a great knowledge base and very helpful/friendly community.  i have looked online and on here trying to find out the best method or medium to use for growing your own seeds with out the master gardener kit.  I have seen/heard foam, air conditioner weather stripping foam, peat pots, toilet paper, sponges for the bath or kitchen etc.  also plugs from park seed etc.  Can anyone tell me for sure what is effective for growing as well as cost effective?  I was looking at trying the Ready Gro Super Plugs, i have seen them for like $ .22 ea or like 50 for $14.  Is that something that would/should work? Any info that could be provided would be great.  I am very excited to get this and start growing.  Thanks in advance  Smiley     
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 07:45:39 PM »

I suggest park seed bio dome plugs simply because that's all i use. they do not effect PH and stay together. I also have no problems transplanting with them. You can get 120 for 11 dollars plus shipping.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 08:02:21 PM »

Thank you.  That was a quick reply Smiley.  i think I'll give those a try then.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2010, 04:27:40 AM »

Shane

do ou have a link to these?  I can only find the bio dome setup with 40 plugs.

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010, 06:24:20 AM »

General Hydroponics Rapid Rooters are excellent. I use them for practically everything.

RAPID ROOTER®
Rooting Plug

Rapid Rooter’s breakthrough technology produces a unique matrix of composted organic materials bonded together with plant-derived polymers. Rapid Rooter plugs are manufactured using a scientifically controlled process that yields large populations of beneficial microbes in the media. These naturally-occurring microbes colonize young roots, helping plants resist disease while maximizing nutrient uptake. Rapid Rooter plugs are fortified with General Hydroponic micro nutrients for abundant root growth. The optimal air-to-water ratio within the plug matrix results in explosive early root growth. Use Rapid Rooter for robust early rooting that supports explosive plant growth.

http://www.generalhydroponics.com/genhydro_US/rapidrooter2.html


You can buy just the plugs from most places that sell hydroponics supplies.
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 07:19:52 AM »

These here?  http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/6565/
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 08:17:13 AM »

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Not the same product.

Here is one source:

http://shop.simplyhydro.com/Rapid-Rooters-72-piece-bag_p_103.html
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 10:48:20 AM »


yes i use those in my gardens. are rapid rooters cheaper?
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 02:34:44 PM »

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are rapid rooters cheaper?

Looks like Rapid Rooters cost more.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2010, 04:16:20 PM »

On Shane's recommendation, I also purchased the Park Seed plugs
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/6565/

I'm happy with them.
BTW, I never use the plastic domes (to hold moisture in for seedlings) that come with the AG kits.  But I do moisten the plugs with water before putting them in the baskets and adding the seeds.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2010, 08:10:56 PM »

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BTW, I never use the plastic domes (to hold moisture in for seedlings) that come with the AG kits.

Me neither - and no pod covers (and no mold problems).
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