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Market Growers: Still another problem- Moldy melon seeds

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Harpursville, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
6:32 AM

Post #6639771

It has been too cold outside to direct seed my melons so two weeks ago I started them in 10 trays of Jiffy 7's. Once again I used my incubator to germinate the seeds. Everything came right up except 2 trays of Gourmet Seeds Ogden melons. The package says it was untreated seed. I always buy treated seeds because of our cool wet Springs but Gourmet seeds does not list whether the seeds are treated or not in their discriptions. The other two varieties I bought from them were treated. Any way after a week on the incubator the Ogden seeds and Jiffy 7 's had mold growing on them and not one germinated.

I still have enough seeds to replant in fresh Jiffy7's and new trays but I definitly need to treat the seeds somehow. Would a mild bleach solution be ok? Any other ideas? I try not to use anything chemical . Maybe I should just order new seed from Johnny's . I need to do it fast only about 85 more frost free days left. I so wanted a green melon to go with my white and orange.

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