With winter sowing, damping off doesn't really seem to be an issue. I think the fungal pathogens can overwhelm the little seedlings in the artificial conditions of indoor seed starting... but outside, the cold or the additional air circulation or something just seems to prevent problems like that.
Yet another reason to try winter sowing! :-)
(See my article on Feb 2 for an introduction, if "winter sowing" sounds like a new but intriguing concept... we have an entire forum devoted to it at DG!)
Thanks Critter:-)) I have actually got about 40 pots in my garage at present and will be putting them out shortly, but a few I am going to half wintersow in an unheated sunroom (japanese maple), so I will be trying your chamomile tea solution. I was wondering should I water indoor seedlings with this solution everytime or once a week, or just once? Thanks again, KD
I don't think either chamomile tea or hydrogen peroxide added to the water would ever be a bad thing... it's just a matter of how many times you want to fuss with it. I tend to do it when the seedlings are little, because that seems to be when they're most prone to damping off. After they've been up-potted and are looking sturdy, I make them drink regular water like everybody else (well, sometimes they get a bit of fertilizer, usually at 1/4 strength, but I don't know if I'd recommend that for your maple seedlings).