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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 17, 2009
7:19 PM

Post #7074725

How do you prevent new seeds fro getting Dampoff and dying?
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 18, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #7076030

Water with chamomile tea twice a week. Also, bottom watering helps too

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 18, 2009
12:40 PM

Post #7077001

Thanks, joannabanana
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 18, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #7077207

Also watch the amount you're watering--damping off is more likely if you're watering too much so if you keep things a little bit drier you'll be less likely to have problems. And if you sterilize your seed starting mix before you start that can help too.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 18, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #7077362

That sounds good. I can do that. Thanks ecrane3.
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #7083937

Bottom watering seems to help me. And if they do begin to dampen off. I have notice if I sprinkle vermiculite on top of the existing soil/medium. It stops it immediately and the little plants recover and perk up. It also has stopped mold for me too.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #7084362

That sounds good. Would perlite work?
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2009
5:26 PM

Post #7084401

Not sure about the perlite...I only use perlite to loosen soil for new growth.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #7084507

wonder what the vermiculite does? Will have to get some Thanks.
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #7085087

I don't know it's weird. I have had some seedlings look like they were damaged right at the base. Almost like if the stem was rotting? (dampening off) Then I sprinkled all around it and it stopped and they recovered. I believe I was probably over watering them and not letting them dry out.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #7085100

I used to bake my potting soil, so many years I can't remember.Then use it to start seeds.
I love planting them, but it just takes so long for them to grow and then we never know
if they are going to make it or not. Got seed coming up since it has been raining and you
know they are going to get frozen when winter sets in. But that is the way it is.
I guess. Must be something in the vermiculite to encourage them to grow.
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2009
9:23 PM

Post #7085111

Well vermiculite I believe is a drying agent and it doesn't mold. I have some hard to germinate seeds in the same starting medium (vermiculite) for 2 1/2 months now. Have never opened the bag to water it. It's still moist and there is no mold. I seal the ziplock bag and keep it closed until whatever germinates.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2009
9:27 PM

Post #7085122

Then, you just sit it's little roots in the soil? I read about the coffee filter test to germinate, only you use vermiculite.
I guess I'll have to check it out first of the month. Thanks for all the help. Maybe I can help you sometime.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2009
4:23 PM

Post #7337995

I haven't tried vermiculite. I use a little dried crumbled Spagnum moss - that is the moss itself, not the peat. If you are having serious problems, you may need to increase air circulation to dry the surface a bit.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 5, 2009
4:33 PM

Post #7338030

Adding Hydrogen peroxide to you water also helps too.
http://www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com/gardening-with-hydrogen-peroxide.html

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