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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.