Daylilies forum: daylily seedlings dying!!!!!! why?

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Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 16, 2015 7:23 AM CST
My seedlings were three inches tall and they started turning brown on tips and then croaked! What am I doing wrong?
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
May 16, 2015 9:26 AM CST
You could have a condition called dampening off. They rot when they are over watered. I lost a lot from that when I tried growing them indoors, so now I just plant them in pots outdoors and they do much better.
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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
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CaliFlowers
May 16, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Can you describe their growing conditions?

What are you using for soil?

Do you think they could have gotten too dry at some point?
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 21, 2015 7:06 AM CST
What do you mean you put in pots outdoors? What does that do as far as watering? Not to dry. I'm using miracle grow seed starting mix.
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 21, 2015 7:57 AM CST
I'm so upset!!!!! I can't figure out what's wrong. I opened the cups of dead ones and dirt seemed perfectly moist, not wet. I read one blog that said chlorine water from tap can kill????? Shrug!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
May 21, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Sad Crying

Maybe too much Miracle Gro? I use regular (good quality) organic potting soil, and only amend with manure or alfalfa (occasionally Milorganite). I make sure of good drainage by adding perlite sometimes.....

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 21, 2015 1:57 PM CST
I wondered the same as Kyla (too much fertilizer), there is already fertilizer in MG seed starting mix - have they been fertilized in addition to that? There looks to be white stuff on the soil surface which is what excess fertilizer salts look like, or is that an optical illusion in the pic?
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
christyh
May 28, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Mold on top, is the white stuff
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
May 29, 2015 6:44 AM CST
I don't know if you were asking me the question Christy about putting them in pots outdoors. I start my seeds in garden pots around mid May here. I just plant them in pots and let them germinate naturally outdoors. Them seem to do better that way.
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