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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.
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