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06/03/2014 at 14:31

Hi all all my seedlings are damping off what can I do to solve this problem growing them indoors at moment

06/03/2014 at 14:49

You have to be very clean. Only use new compost, clean pots and if you can't get good air flow use Bordeaux Mixture. If you see any affect plants clean them away ASAP avoiding spreading any spores. If you buy basil from the supermarket check it over thoroughly before letting it loose in your kitchen.

06/03/2014 at 16:21

Sow your seeds more sparsely, remove covers as soon as the seedlings come up. Only use tap water

06/03/2014 at 17:12

Hi Marie - What are the conditions under which you are growing the seedlings? If the temperature is too high water loss from the young leaves is more than can be provided from the roots via the stem and the leaves lose their turgidity ie they droop. I would put them in a cooler place uncovered and place the pots in a shallow tray of about 1 cm of water.

Hope this helps.

06/03/2014 at 18:42

The advice above; remove covers the moment seedling appear

06/03/2014 at 22:11

Make sure you soak old pots and propagators for a while in water and bleach.

07/03/2014 at 18:34

Oh yes, I'm a bit obsessed about hygene in the greenhouse. I've only had a g/h for a short while; every book I read about them emphasised hygene; I thought, 'good grief; it's like having a baby!'

So all pots and seed trays get scrubbed with hot water, with disinfectant, really well, air dried and then kept in the g/h in large lidded plastic boxes until needed again. Tedious, but necessary.

07/03/2014 at 18:41

Well, I don't know what to say.

Here I am germinating hardy perennials one after another. Never washed a pot, not fussy about where the water comes from, no hygeine at all.

Never had a problem

But there's no heat, perhaps that makes a difference. and plenty of air circulation

 

18/03/2014 at 17:55
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Well, I don't know what to say.

Here I am germinating hardy perennials one after another. Never washed a pot, not fussy about where the water comes from, no hygeine at all.

Never had a problem

But there's no heat, perhaps that makes a difference. and plenty of air circulation

 

I don't think you're growing tender exotics in a stuffy kitchen though are you nut? I don't bother washing pots  most of the time either and I don't have a problem with botrytis either on the whole. I do see it on basil I buy from the supermarket during the winter but if you clean it up ASAP and open up the plant it's us usually the last you see of it. But the OP obviously has a problem with it, but if what you're grown needs heat and protection, all the conditions for botrytis then what are you going to do?

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