lettuce plants - Knowledgebase Question

buckley, Wa
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Question by rhlady
June 30, 2010
I had seedlings started in a little greenhouse and one day went out and they were all gone down to the soil level.What happened?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
That certainly sounds like the damping off fungus. It occurs when a non-sterile medium is used for seed starting, containers used for seed starting are not sterile, seeds are sown too deeply, or seeds become too moist. Damping off will cause germination to not occur or may kill tiny seedlings. The standard prevention is to always start new seeds in sterilized flats with commercially prepared seed-starting mix and keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Other things that might help include making sure seedlings aren't overly crowded and have plenty of air circulation. Hope this info helps!

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