White fuzzy hairs on seedling starts

hungrypeanutMarch 10, 2009

I have some seeds that have just sprouted yesterday and some of the small stems have a very fine white hairy fuzz on them. Is this damping off? I haven't had any problems with any fuzz on the surface of the soil and I took care to sterilize all my tools and get properly sterilized seed starting mix. Also, only a few of the stems have the fuzz. I've read on some sites that this fuzz may be the roots.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

That is because it is too wet and not enough air - it's fungus among us - not "roots". ;) Just get them open to air so they can dry a bit and it will disappear.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 3:13PM
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kandm(8b coastal alabama)

I had that on my seedlings as well, just let them dry out, a fan will dry them faster. You could make a dilute solution of water and hydrogen peroxide and dab it on with a qtip.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 5:24PM
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sarahbarah27(5)

I think it is prolly just the little roots, what type of seeds are they? Covered or Uncovered(with soil)

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 8:31PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

I'm sorry but seeds that "just sprouted yesterday" wouldn't have been able to develop adventitious roots yet regardless of the type of seed. ;)

Dave

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 11:22PM
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sarahbarah27(5)

Well...from my experience, I have found that some of my seeds, especially small seeds that are surface sown produce little fuzzy roots hairs once the radical has emerged, or soon after. This all happens pretty quickly, as they are needed to absorb water. All I am trying to say is that the seedlings in question could be just!!!

Good luck with your growing!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Root hairs on seedling

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 7:16AM
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tannabanana

What kind of plants? Tomatos typically have fine hairs on them and so do peppers - but it doesn't look like "white" fuzz.
I agree with Sarah, I usually see root hairs on my lettuce which is surface sown. But it goes away in a day or two as the root develops. Make sure you're getting enough air flow and that the soil isn't too wet.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 10:31AM
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