Ideal for home gardening or nurseries, the Ladbrooke range of soil blockers use a simple soil mix and provide you with the perfect germination environment for your seeds, whether in the greenhouse, under lights, or on a window sill. Along with regular watering and simple fertilization, seeds and plants have more reliable results, faster early growth, and ability to be transplanted outdoors much sooner. Visit the Patches of Green website for an easy to mix soil recipe.
It is best to wet your mix some hours before you make the blocks. You will find that the penetration of the water into the planting medium is much better if you do.
It is best to wet your mix some hours before you make the blocks. You will find that the penetration of the water into the planting medium is much better if you do. Wet your soil mixture thoroughly into a soft putty consistency. When you squeeze the mixture, moisture should seep out between your fingers.
Press the soil blocker into soil blocking mixture 2 to 3 times to fill the block chambers. Using a twisting motion while doing this can help ensure the chambers are full.
Scrape the blocker across the side of your mixing tub to remove any excess mixture from the bottom of the blocks.
Depress the plunger to eject the blocks.
Each block has a small indentation for accepting the seed. One seed planted in each block is enough. The seed will sprout on the surface of the moist block. No water is needed for the first 2-3 days but after that use a fine spray from the hose or a hand pumped mister. Germination is excellent in soil blocks providing the moisture and the temperature is maintained.
Clean and store your soil blockers in a dry place. We wish you much success starting seeds with Ladbrooke soil blockers...for years to come!