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Jul 28, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Where the hey do gnats come from and what (if anything) to do about them? I found one on on a baby that was planted just two days ago and has not been watered since! Suggestions?? Confused
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Jul 28, 2016 10:50 AM CST
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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Barbalee said:Where the hey do gnats come from and what (if anything) to do about them? I found one on on a baby that was planted just two days ago and has not been watered since! Suggestions?? Confused


Planted inside or outside?
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Jul 28, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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If you'll do a search of this forum for 'fungus gnats' there are many threads that you might find helpful.
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Jul 28, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
They're inside...I'll go searching, Judy. Thanks! Thank You!
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Jul 28, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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Jul 28, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Done deal, and thank you, Daniel! Thank You! Thumbs up
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May 11, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Barbalee said:My problem has been keeping the seedlings alive after germination. Thanks to help from Daniel and Becky, it seems I've been overwatering them. I planted the next batch of germinated seeds in Dixie cups yesterday. We shall see if I can get them to the 4 leaf stage!


@Barbalee

I was wondering if you found that a less watering helped you keep more seedlings alive. If so, how much water were you giving the seedlings?
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May 11, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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How much you water seedlings depends on if they are inside (regulated temperature) or outside, and outside, if they are in pots with trays/saucers under them, or in a raised bed, and how big they are, and what the temps are. Inside I try to bottom water 3x a week, but at a pinch, if the seedlings are far enough along, they will survive on 1x a week (if I have to travel).

I know that I have managed to kill off any number of young seedlings outdoors, which were in 4" pots in a tray, by over watering AND being in hot sun. So it is better to err on the side of caution there. (Right now I am really having a hard time restraining myself from daily watering 3 flower boxes of seedlings from a cross I am particularly interested in. I also have some 4" pots in a tray that gets morning sun, but I know the dangers there, so 2-3X a week depending on the temperature.)

On the other hand, those seedlings which get planted out into the raised bed, are on drip which I run anywhere from 2-7 days a week, depending on the time of year and the temps (2, 3, or 7x). For the newly planted babies, I typically have to hand water those at least every other day, since their roots don't seem to make it to the areas underneath which are moist from the drip. (The drip is arranged as a grid, so each seedling is in its own 6" x 6" square.) I lost several babies last year, but now I know better. Once they get big enough that they can "reach down and out", I stop and they do fine on just the drip.
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May 11, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
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This is all interesting info.

Funny how we all experiment to find what works for us. This is my second year with sowing seeds.

Last year I started inside and moved about 10 seedlings outside early summer. By the end of summer, I had 8 left. I moved them into larger paper cups and then buried them in a raised bed and let them be. This spring, I had 5 return. Three look great and are growing nicely. Two are smaller and one of those, I accidentally knocked a leaf off it it. So for now they are staying in the raised bed.

As for this year, I am attempting the direct sow, but did them again into buried papercups. I had a boatload of seeds, so I sowed what I had for each pod into a cup and figure that when they do come up, I'll keep two or three per cup and then see how we fair from there. With that plan, I will have at least 16 to 30 something seedlings.

My final thought is that they have to be able to survive in my 5B/6A climate to so outside they will sprout and live Smiling
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May 12, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
amberjewel said:

@Barbalee

I was wondering if you found that a less watering helped you keep more seedlings alive. If so, how much water were you giving the seedlings?


That certainly might have been the case. I was watering every other day. Maybe should have been every 3 days.
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