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daylilydaddy
morehead, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #4507179

Hey Critter!!
How long do you think the peroxide and water mixture can be stored and still be effective? I know to keep it in a dark colored bottle(since it comes in one, duh), but I know I would not use all of it at one misting and I stagger my seed starting.
THANKS!
George
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 7, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4507296

Since the stuff you get at the drugstore is already effectively a diluted solution, I would think you could dilute it further and hold it a while as long as you keep it in a dark bottle as you said... but I don't have a definite answer. I make up strong chamomile tea and keep it in the fridge, then dilute as needed...

I don't really mist my seedlings, but I use the peroxide when I water them when they're little... so I guess I go through the peroxide water a little faster.
daylilydaddy
morehead, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2008
4:48 PM

Post #4507315

I guess using it for watering would be better than misting since the fungus is in the soil more. Right?
George
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 7, 2008
4:51 PM

Post #4507331

I also figure I'm more likely to get into trouble with misting because then the foliage is wet -- to me, that seems like it could just invite fungal disease. Big greenhouse growers need to mist to keep humidity levels up, but I don't think we need misting on our little light shelves... at least, not misting works fine for me. :-)

(If you mist and that works for you -- keep doing it! Don't fix it if it isn't broken... there are lots of "right" ways to do things.)
daylilydaddy
morehead, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2008
4:56 PM

Post #4507365

Makes sense!
THANKS!
George
I forgot to say what a great article. This year I am starting some pretty special seeds for myself and others. In the past I have never had a problem with damping off, but this year I have to be extra cautious.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 7, 2008
4:58 PM

Post #4507374

You're welcome... Good luck & have fun with your seedlings!

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