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May 16, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
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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May 16, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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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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May 16, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
Can you describe their growing conditions?

What are you using for soil?

Do you think they could have gotten too dry at some point?
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May 21, 2015 7:06 AM CST
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
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.
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May 21, 2015 7:57 AM CST
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
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!
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May 21, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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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.....
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May 21, 2015 1:57 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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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?
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May 28, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Name: christy
tn (Zone 7a)
Mold on top, is the white stuff
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May 29, 2015 6:44 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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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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