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Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Feb 15, 2015 11:39 AM CST
Just... Whoa.

I surface-sowed these seeds on Thursday afternoon and wrapped in clear plastic and set under lights.

Sprouts already!!! *\o/*

I hope it is evident by the photos attached, but there seems to be this white spider-webbish stuff on or around the tops of the seeds. Is this mold, or normal?!?

I have checked this in the plant database and can't find info on the seedling phase. I can't believe they sprouted so quickly! I removed the plastic wrap already and moved them closer to the lights.

Stoked, and anxious!
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woofie
Feb 15, 2015 1:12 PM CST
I'm very much afraid that's a fungus, and if so it may kill off those tender seedlings. Not sure what kind it is, but there are various home remedies out there. This site has several recommendations for treating powdery mildew, don't know if they'd be effective for whatever that is, tho.
http://www.growingformarket.com/articles/powdery-mildew-solu...
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Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Feb 15, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Thank you woofie. Checking out link now.
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chelle
Feb 15, 2015 1:25 PM CST
It's a bit hard to tell if the white stuff is doing any harm, Linda, but your medium does appear to be one that would hold quite a bit of extra moisture. To be safe in regards to the possibility of damping-off I'd repot those babies to within an inch or less of the new container's lip, and then expose them to fan-stirred air. I grew these a couple of years ago and found that they really don't need or want a super-absorbent medium, so if you have anything handy that you can add to your re-potting mix to lighten it (let in more air and facilitate faster drying), it might be best to do so. Sharp sand, chicken grit or fine gravel would help, but if those aren't available you might try some extra Perlite.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Feb 16, 2015 9:19 AM CST

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One of the easiest ways to prevent damping off, indoors anyway, is to brew some chamomile tea and (after it cools off) spray it on the plants and surface of the potting soil. Works like a charm.

The easiest way to avoid problems, at all, is for the plants to be outside in sunlight. That's assuming the your weather would allow such a thing, of course.

For what it's worth, I don't know what kind of fungus you have there, but do know it's neither the one that causes damping off nor is it powdery mildew. It may not cause any harm to your plants at all. It is an indicator that your conditions are favorable for fungal growth, though.
Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Feb 16, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Sitting them outside is not an option - after 6 days of 60° + temperatures, we were blanketed with snow and overcast skies. As soon as the weather permits, I will go into town to buy some chamomile tea.

I am hoping that removing the clear wrap has allowed the soil to dry up some. I will monitor them today while simultaneously enjoying the snow :)

Thanks to all!
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Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Feb 16, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Hey!
Would this work, or does it need to be straight chamomile?!
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Feb 16, 2015 9:44 AM CST

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Not sure. I've only ever used plain chamomile. I don't think any of the other ingredients listed there would cause any harm, but can't say that with any sort of certainty. Shrug!
Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Feb 16, 2015 9:47 AM CST
I will try it on 2 of the 6, see what happens.

Will report back my findings!

Thank You!
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