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Name: mudilee
Jul 26, 2016 3:52 AM CST
after a few weeks my tomatoes seedlings had germinated before they get to the stage of transplanting they start dying from the bottom
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
Jul 26, 2016 10:28 AM CST
Damping off.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 26, 2016 11:11 AM CST
Welcome! tp NGA

Yes, damping off. Its caused by a fungus that grows on the soil surface and attacks the stems of the seedlings. When you plant your seeds, use a fungicide on the soil surface - saturate the soil surface after you plant your seeds. Cinnamon is a natural fungicide that you might try AFTER the seedlings have germinated - the seedlings have a hard time growing up through the cinnamon. Once the damping off starts, the plant will be lost. There is no cure, just prevention. Damping off can be caused by re-using soil without sterilizing it, too high humidity or overwatering. Try to keep the soil surface as dry as possible and use new soil for seed germination.

Good Luck! Crossing Fingers!

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