ok, another coco coir question.
I've been germinating my seeds in paper towels and they work well, but just for experimenting I was wondering if I'm able to seed them in coco coir and if the germinating process will take the same time.
The paper towel method works but you will get long weak stems that break or take a long time to recover. Growing in coir can work, especially for some large seeds like beet or sticky germinators like basil. I dont' recommend this for small seeds like carrot or parsley or perfect hard-round seeds like lettuce/spinach because they will just wash through. How about rockwool? Fiberglass? IMHO the starting material is kinda of a big deal. Go with rockwool.
After the seeds have germinated and have developed the cotyledon seeds, are any fertilisers required to be added to cocopeat. I m growing seedlings in paper-pots filled with cocopeat perilite mix as germinating medium. Any harm if we plant the germinated seeds along with paper-pots in the soil beds now.
I would start using a mild nutrient solution (about 1/4 strength) once the first true leaves start showing. Transplanting into soil is just fine, the coco coir is a great soil amendment, and the paper pots will decompose quickly so the roots can expand.