Coleus forum: Am I watering these Young plants-Too much or just enough??

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Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Mar 16, 2016 12:16 PM CST
I have many coleus starting out....about 700+ healthy looking young plants...some of which Im separating & transplanting into foam cups.
Im a bit concerned about properly water them. Pictured are a few I did 2 weeks ago and they are growing in size....but some seem to have leaves that are curling under, browning /yellowing a bit.
Im giving them plenty of indirect sunlight. Ive been monitoring these cups and only water them when the soil feels dry every few days ....but could I still be overwatering them?? Thanks!!

Im eventually & finally going to transplant them into the medium green plastic (pint size?) Pots where my son and I will sell them at our local Flea Market....a little fun business venture.
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Mar 17, 2016 2:43 AM CST

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They look good.. other than the one in the photo maybe needs to be thinned.. looks crowded.. do you have a fan on them?.. they don't look drowned so I think you are OK with water.. if your lights are hot they may dry out quick
Name: Jimmy Z
Point Pleasant New Jersey
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LovetheseBuggers
Mar 17, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Im keeping them on this rack in front of my Bay Window which gets great mostly partial & indirect Sunlight . The smaller plants in trays I return to indoor greenhouse with the LED grow light at night because the window,area can be a bit chilly even with baseboard heat below.
I did thin a few of these out more....keeping it at 1-2 plants per cup for now. So I suppose with nearly 800-900 seedlings which are at different stages of growth I should expect a percentage of the plants to be duds or sickly....
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Name: Sidney McCollum
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Sugarweed
Jan 8, 2017 10:03 AM CST
H2O2
One thing you could do is add half a cup of regular Hydrogen Peroxide to one gallon of water.
This adds oxygen to the roots and also staves damping off and in warm weather, fruit flies.
I prefer to put some of this H2O2 water in a tray and then set my seed trays in and let them absorb water from the bottom. Then I remove that tray until the next day.
I also drain over watered plants and then add some H2O2. Have saved other drowning plants this way too.
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