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abeille
Mar 7, 2017 2:46 PM CST
Hi everyone!

I recently purchased Forget Me Not and Pansy grow kits and was wondering what went wrong during the growing process? The kit instructed that I create a greenhouse effect and keep soil moist at all times, which I did. A week or so later I was happy to finally see little sprouts! There were about five healthy looking germinations in each pot.

As part of the instructions, I was supposed to get rid of the greenhouse set up after the seeds sprouted. But as soon as I did, they started wilting and eventually turned black. There's maybe one sprout in each pot that still looks green.

Is there still any way I can revive them? Or did I do something completely wrong? It could also be that they were growing kits you casually buy at a store and not actual seeds to plant outside... But any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for reading!

-Bee
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 7, 2017 3:34 PM CST

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It appears to be damping off, which is a fungal disease that commonly attacks seedlings if they are exposed to too much moisture or inadequate light levels.
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Xeramtheum
Mar 7, 2017 5:04 PM CST
Hi Bee,

Try again with new soil and sprinkle the top of the soil with cinnamon. It's a natural anti fungal. Also keep your soil on the dry side of moist.
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DaisyI
Mar 7, 2017 5:19 PM CST
In my experience, sprinkling cinnamon on seeds before they germinate keeps them from germinating. Use cinnamon after germination to prevent damping off. Use a liquid spray-on fungicide before seeds germinate. Damping off usually won't be a problem if you water from the bottom (allowing the soil surface to dry a tiny bit).
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Xeramtheum
Mar 7, 2017 8:02 PM CST
I've never had any problems with cinnamon inhibiting germination. I'll have to look into it more.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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