Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sudden Seed Death Syndrome Hits!

So everything thing in the seed trays was fine until this past weekend. I woke up to the lavender starting to dry up and die one by one on Saturday morning. By that evening 50% was dead. Today only a few are left, and they don't look too good.

Best I can figure is that I had was is called "damping off" occur. This is due to one of several types of fungus that propagate when the trays are too moist or overcrowded, which the lavender surely was. I added in a touch of fungicide to the water, but I think it was too little too late.

Since I cannot afford to purchase all the plants that I want to, I am going to have to try and get this seed thing down pat first. So I went to Park Seed company and ordered one of their Bio Dome seed starting kits. These are supposedly the best way to start seed and have no trouble with damping off.

The new seed tray should be here at the beginning of next week and I will start a whole slew of perennials at that time following closely to their instructions. I think these will be done indoors, with a spare heating pad I have laid underneath it. I might go so far as to buy a grow lamp also. My thoughts on this is that even if I spend a few hundred getting the seed operation going good, they will save me hundreds of dollars with the first set of seedlings that actually take hold. And since I purchased the giant 120 cell Bio Dome, I should be able to get a pretty quick ROI.

I also got in some AlgoFlash liquid fertilizer that I can use for pretty much anything, including seedlings. So as long as I keep to the instructions, I should be OK. I guess we will have to see.

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