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Name: Alex
Galloway, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Spocktopus
Apr 3, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Hey guys! So, I've had a seed starter tray of Morning Glory and Snapdragon sprouts for a couple of weeks. Things were going wonderfully, but almost overnight nearly all of my sprouts had gotten droopy leaves and were falling down. I didn't change my watering schedule (once a day) and the lighting has not changed (bright sunlight all day, its right under a window). I've noticed the same sort of thing happening to my marigold sprouts too, but on a much smaller scale. Can anyone please tell me what's happening and how to fix it? Any advice is appreciated!

Below is my entire set up and close ups on some of the wilted leaves/plants.


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2018 10:51 AM CST
The soil looks really dry. Are you watering until water flows out the drain holes? If so, are the plants sitting in un-absorbed water? What are your seedlings planted in?
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Name: Alex
Galloway, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Spocktopus
Apr 3, 2018 1:03 PM CST
Daisyl -

The soil is dry because i initally thought I had overwatered them. Thats only about two days without watering. It's planted in the worst dollar store soil ever, however things were going great before this so the soil is probably not the issue. Admittedly I'm not sure if I'm watering all the way through, but the seed starter has a tray that keeps all the roots above the waterline.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Apr 3, 2018 1:21 PM CST
Alex - I never water seedlings from the top. It could be that when you do, the soil mix isn't getting thoroughly wet. Try setting your cells in a shallow dish of water for half an hour and let the soil pull the moisture up from the bottom. Then remove the cells from the dish and put them back in the tray.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Alex
Galloway, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Spocktopus
Apr 3, 2018 6:34 PM CST
Shadegardener -

That's a great idea! Thank you so much for the tip. I'll be trying that soon.

I did end up watering them today just in case and I think it was lack of water after all *Blush* Silly mistake!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2018 7:52 PM CST
The biggest problem with cheap potting soil is that it is not moisture retentive enough. Hopefully, you got the soil completely wet when you first planted your seeds. But, if the soil doesn't retain the ability to reabsorb moisture at watering time, you have to re-hydrate the soil every time. When you put the seed trays in a shallow pan with a little water, the water should be wicked up into the soil almost immediately. Keep adding water until it stops wicking. If no water wicks up, the soil is unable to absorb moisture. Then, put the seed trays into a container deep enough that you can soak them up to their brims.

Keep us posted.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Apr 4, 2018 10:10 AM CST
Alex - you may also want to give them a little liquid fertilizer in their next watering. You'll only need the tiniest bit of a very dilute solution - like maybe 1/4 strength. Your inexpensive soil mix won't really have any nutrients in it. Any nutrition in the seed will be gone once your seedlings have their first set of true leaves. Seed starting is a trial and error learning process so don't get discouraged.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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