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Regular potting mix? Type of fertilizer? Tiny cups to pots

I'm about to move tomatoes, peppers, tomatoes, columbines, and delphiniums with true leaves from small cups to pots. Is it more appropriate to use regular potting mix now? Also is there a problem with using miracle gro fertilizer as opposed to fish emulsion, which I hear is recommended?
Regular potting mix? Type of fertilizer? Tiny cups to pots

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Re: Regular potting mix? Type of fertilizer? Tiny cups to po

I would be fine using potting mix that contained a slow release fertilizer or mix in 10-10-10. I don't use MG or any other water biased fertilizer until the plant has grown a ways and started to depleat the soil.
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Re: Regular potting mix? Type of fertilizer? Tiny cups to po

Congratulations on getting this far!

Yes, you want regular potting mix, not seed starting mix, once you move them into pots. When you transplant the tomatoes (but not the other stuff), bury them deeper than they were, up to the true leaves. Tomatoes have the interesting property of being able to root all along the stem when buried like that, so it gives them a better root system.

If your potting mix has fertilizer in it (most do), then you won't need to add any for awhile. Fish emulsion is mainly Nitrogen. It's good for a growing boost, and also has trace minerals/ micro nutrients. But for continued growth, flowering, fruiting, you want something more balanced or other things along with the fish emulsion. Some of us like organic potting mixes like Planet Natural, Dr. Earth, Epsoma. But the Miracle-Gro won't hurt your plants. The most negative effects of synthetic fertilizers like that are on the soil web of life when you are growing in the ground. Your potting mix doesn't have much of that anyway, so you might as well use the M-G.

Otherwise is just how purist you want to be and how much you care about using petroleum based products.
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