fertilize transplants or not?
For years I potted up my small seedlings without fertilizer because I'd read--many years ago--that it was better not too. I pot up into Miracle Gro potting soil that says it feeds plants for six months. But I haven't always had the growth I expect. Sometimes the plants stall for longer than I think they should and sometimes they actually turn a bit yellow or purple. So I've started fertilizing them with Miracle Gro fertilizer mixed at half strength and I think they do better. (I don't fertilize peas because they only spend 2 weeks in the tubes before they go into the ground and I sprinkle bloodmeal to discourage rabbits and that gives them a nitrogen boost.) But I want good sturdy broccoli, tomato and pepper transplants. What do the rest of you do? Fertilize at the time of potting up? After they settle and make a bit of growth?