Melon seedlings damping off....very strange?

edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)March 26, 2012

Not sure what it is. I use a Jiffy mix, which seems to be the best sterile mix out there. My tomato seedlings are doing ok (not great,) but this year the melon seedlings are damping off. I'm not doing anything different, and this is the first time I've had the problem using Jiffy mix. The only thing that I can think of is that it's something in the air this year, a bad batch of Jiffy mix, or possibly when I pre-mix the mix with water it kind of compresses like concrete in the cells. I'm going to try sterilizing the cells, and letting the loose mix absorb water from the bottom up before trying a re-plant. I'm also going to buy a different bag of mix from a different store. Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

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Have you tried putting a fan on them?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 3:25PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Yes, once they are up I move them to a cooler area with a fan. The melon seeds in question barely sprouted and died. I'm almost positive it was a bad batch of mix, possibly old. I'm going to try a new batch from a different store.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:05PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Melons damp off if the soil cools off too much. Moving them to a cooler area might not be the best approach.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 12:05AM
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