Seeds forum: Chamomile Tea for Damping Off prevention

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 6, 2010 5:38 PM CST
Once your seedlings have started to germinate, start watering/misting with chamomile tea to prevent damping off.

Damping off is a fungal disease that causes seedlings to die soon after germination. The seedlings basically rot at the soil surface. Cool, damp conditions with poor air circulation can create the perfect environment for this disease. Some plants, such as petunias and asters are more susceptible to this disease.

Make a pot of tea & steep at least 20 minutes for a strong brew. Let cool to room temperature and either water from a watering can or put in a spray bottle and mist soil surface daily.
Name: stephanie king
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rebloomnut
Feb 19, 2010 9:35 PM CST
I am going to try the tea brew, Used to use a lot of fungacides at the greenhouse and am trying to get away from anything like that. I had a lot of damping off with daylily seed this year and have more to start so will get some tomorrow. Thanks for the great tip.
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 20, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Regular chamomile to you get at the store?
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 20, 2010 1:22 PM CST
yes, the regular herbal tea variety
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 20, 2010 2:31 PM CST
Thanks I'm going to give that a try. Thumbs up
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